Charles Fairfax Murray Papers
Date range: 1849-1919
Number of items:
Letters and papers of Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), Pre-Raphaelite painter and art collector.
Fairfax Murray worked as a copyist for John Ruskin and was assistant to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. He later worked as a buying agent for the National Gallery and a consultant for Messrs Agnew, but is best known as a collector of art.
The collection numbers over 1,500 items. There are important groupings of material relating to Sir Edward Burne-Jones, including:
- Letters from his wife Georgiana and photographs of the Burne-Jones and Morris children;
- Letters and photographs relating to Charles Augustus Howell, who was for many years Ruskin's secretary and later close companion of Rossetti, Whistler and Swinburne;
- Letters and papers of the sculptors and brothers William, Henry and Charles Behnes;
In addition there are over 700 letters to Fairfax Murray from a wide range of correspondents and 200 letters exchanged between other correspondents. These include many of the leading figures of the contemporary art world, such as:
- Sir Charles Lock Eastlake;
- George Cruikshank;
- Myles Birket Foster;
- William Holman Hunt;
- Frederic Lord Leighton;
- William Morris;
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti;
- John Ruskin;
- Frederick Sandys.
- Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
- Recorded in published handlist of English Manuscripts (English MSS 1278-1283).
Published microfilm: John Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Arts and Crafts Movement: the Ruskin, Holman Hunt, Fairfax Murray, Spielmann and Related Collections from the John Rylands University Library, Manchester (Woodbridge: Research Publications, 1990).