Lot 85

TENNYSON, Alfred Lord (1809-92) Charles DICKENS (1812-70). A collection/small archive of related envelopes, correspondence, a sketch and autographs assembled by members of the Charles W. Ellis family over a number of years of friendship with Tennyson and Dickens. Included in this collection are numerous envelopes in Tennyson’s hand to the Ellis family, including an envelope with his personal seal and an envelope signed with his name in full and dated 1862, a calling card from Lady Tennyson, inscribed “:With thanks and best wishes for the New Year”, a note from Hallam Tennyson dated [18]99. A RARE program pamphlet (1868) produced for a series of Dickens “Farewell Readings” by Messrs. Chappell and Co. at the St. James’s Hall. The readings commenced on the evening of October 6th . With a program devoted to “Doctor Marigold” (from the Christmas Story) and “The Trial” from Pickwick. He had settled with his tour manager, Chappell & Co., on 100 readings for the princely sum of £8000. The following year Dickens would have to cut a provincial tour short after collapsing showing symptoms of a mild stroke in Preston on 22nd April 1869. This pamphlet is for the ‘Last Readings’ i.e. Dickens’ Twelve Final performances.  A Stereoscopic photograph of Dickens, with Dickens name inscribed under the image, two clipped signatures from Dickens, from a letter to Charles Ellis and Mrs C. Ellis respectively.  A pencil drawing of Gads Hill, by a member of the Tennyson family, inscribed: “Home of Charles Dickens…. from Wilderness Aug 3rd 1870” the drawing bears the initials T c and T [?- indecipherable character], drawn in Tennyson’s Study in The Wilderness (his Summerhouse) at Farringford on the Isle of Wight of Charles Dickens’ home in Gads Hill, apparently sent to Ellis. A postcard, written & illustrated during the siege of Ladysmith, by Melton Prior of the “Illustrated London News”. Postcard addressed to Mrs. Melton Prior in Kent/part of Ellis archive but connection is not known. The piece is inscribed thus: “Ladysmith Feb 26.00 This is the 117 day since Bombardment commenced. We have had nearly 18,000 shells into the Town & Camp. We are on starvation rations, which does not agree with any of us, Whiskey is £10-15 a bottle. We still hope for relief- but it looks far off”. ****Please note that the location of the sketch has after further consideration been changed to Dickens’ country house- Gads Hill as opposed to his London residence- Doughty Street. ******* Each element has been mounted including descriptions in an album of black card.

Estimate: £4,000-£6,000