Where are these items?

Items that I know once existed, from other sources, include:

Regarding Drummond Smith (Emma’s brother):

Tour (Italy) Journal of Drummond Smith; mentioned in his sister Emma’s (January) 1833 diary. JULY 2013: FOUND! OMG: a copy has passed as a travel journal belonging to Emma Smith (“Aunt Emma”) and is in the MS collection of Stanford University. Written by whom? the handwriting is not Aunt Emma Smith’s.

The beginning of another Drummond Smith travel narrative was copied into Jeremy Catto’s Letterbook: a journal of the tour Drummond took with Mary and Charles Smith, Fall 1829. Blank pages were left for the never-copied remainder of the trip. Where is the original (or even a different copy)?

Manuscript book outlining Drummond’s life, from babyhood to young man; mentioned by Mary Augusta Austen Leigh, in the biography of her father James Edward Austen Leigh.
See post on a similar book for Maria Smith / Lady Culme Seymour.
Mrs Smith obviously kept such books about each of her nine children.

Regarding Emma Smith / Emma Austen Leigh:

Tour Journal of Emma Smith, begun and either abridged or abandoned (see letter 1822).

Regarding Augusta Smith / Augusta Wilder:

“Foreign Journal” of Augusta Smith (aka Augusta Wilder); presumably covers the same tour (1822-23) as Emma’s begun/abandoned journal (see Mrs Smith’s letter dated December 1826).

Regarding Charles Joshua Smith:

Sir Charles Joshua Smith, letters from abroad during his Continental Tour, 1820-21 (surely retained in the family; originally addressed to Emma Smith, though he sure wrote to all family members, so more may be missing than just those Emma notes receiving).

Regarding the Gosling family:

William-Ellis Gosling, “MS Volume of his reflections and notes”; mentioned by Charlotte Brookes (c1919) as being in her possession – Christie of Glyndebourne (privately-printed book).

Elizabeth (Gosling) Christie’s “Honeymoon Diary” (c1829); mentioned by Charlotte Brookes (c1919; see above) as being in the possession of Mrs F.L. Wilder (presume the widow of Francis Langham Wilder, the former Beatrice Hibbert, who died in 1955).

Regarding the Compton / Northampton / Dickins (Dickens) family:

Letters and/or Travel Journal of Lady Elizabeth Compton (later, the wife of Charles Scrase Dickins or Dickens); mentioned in a letter from Augusta Smith (Wilder), 1824 (as the recipient), while the Comptons were in Italy: “I received, last week, your journal written after the ascent of Vesuvius and I thank you very much…”. Augusta also mentions wanting to see Lady Elizabeth’s drawings from this trip.

Regarding the Seymour family:

“Journals, Letterbooks &c” of Sir Michael Seymour, cited as sources for the DNB biography (1897 edition) of Sir Michael Seymour, son of Sir Michael and brother of the Revd. Richard Seymour.

Diaries of the Rev. Richard Seymour; extracts published by A. Tindal Hart (see, for instance, The Curate’s Lot and The Nineteenth Century Country Parson) in the 1950s. The Warwickshire Record Office has microfilm of these diaries; the present owner and whereabouts of the actual diaries is currently unknown. Richard’s diaries were written in booklets, rather than pre-printed diaries; excisions make dating some entries difficult (he did not write every day).

Regarding “Aunt” — Miss/Mrs Judith Smith, of Stratford (near London):

In 1825, Augusta Smith (the daughter) wrote a New Year’s poem to Aunt; in it, there is reference to “a red Pocketbook, where none but herself are permitted to look,” counted among the ponderous items found in Aunt’s Pockets. The conclusion, of course, is that Aunt — like so many other members of this family — kept a little journal, possibly even using THE DAILY JOURNAL, like her nieces and sisters. Aunt died in 1832. Items from Mary and Charles (few of those, I hate to admit) ended up in the Essex Record Office; items from Emma and Edward ended up in the Hampshire Record Office. WHO might have inherited Aunt’s letters and diaries remains a mystery.

from series already known to exist:

Regarding Eliza Chute of The Vyne:

The Hampshire Record Office (Winchester) has several diaries written by Eliza Chute; but other years obviously once existed to “fill in” the gaps. HRO’s current holdings include diaries from the years:
Eliza could have begun keeping diaries before 1790; she died in 1842 so there possibly existed diaries up to the year of her death. HRO’s holdings undoubtedly came via the Austen Leigh branch of the family. Other family members presumably inherited further bits and pieces. Eliza’s diaries were kept in several ‘varieties’ of pre-printed “pocket book” journals; one popular type was that called The Daily Journal, or Gentleman’s, Merchant’s, and Tradesman’s complete Annual Accompt-Book (pictured above).

Regarding Mrs Augusta Smith, of Suttons:

HRO also has a small series of diaries written by Eliza’s sister/Emma’s mother, Mrs Charles Smith. HRO’s current holdings include diaries from the years:
Augusta undoubtedly kept diaries, like her sisters, all her life (though starting at what age, I do not know). The earliest found — lent me for transcription by Mark Woodford — dates to 1798, the year of Augusta’s engagement and marriage to Charles. With the wonderful document “Maria’s Progress,” owned by Jacky in Maidstone, there is no way Mamma Smith did not keep diaries for the next twenty years… Obviously, most of the 1820s (like those belonging to Eliza Chute) are missing; the holes in the 1830s only point up the faithful ‘yearly’ accounts she must have kept.
January 2012 UPDATE: In reading about Lord Northampton in the book History of the Comptons of Compton Wynyates, certain episodes in the history of his courtship and marriage to Maria Smith (daughter of Joshua and Sarah Smith, of Erle Stoke Park) are mentioned as having come, via Lady Alwyne (wife of Lord Alwyne Compton, daughter-in-law of the 2nd Marquess), from Augusta’s 1787 diary! Augusta, born in 1772, would have been 15- years-old. At first my heart leapt, thinking the diary at Castle Ashby (as it concerned the marriage year of her mother, it was logical that Lady Elizabeth Dickins or Spencer Marquess of Northampton was given the diary); but on further reading of the text, it seems that Lady Alwyne “wrote up” a lot of family history from other sources. That document is undoubtedly at Castle Ashby. So where’s Augusta’s youthful diary/diaries??

Regarding Miss Emma Smith:

Jacky’s precious travel diaries, kept by Aunt Emma long before she became an ‘aunt’ to my Emma — in 1792 and 1794 — show that she too had a habit of “journalising”. More must exist from her youth (ie, anything prior to appriximately 1820)…

Regarding Emma Smith/Emma Austen Leigh:

Emma’s nearly-yearly set of diaries exist, like those of Mother and Aunt, at HRO. But there is one important hole: the diary for 1825, the year Belinda Smith (Charles’ first wife) died. HRO’s set of diaries date to 1815-1824; 1826-1867; 1872; 1874-76. Emma’s diaries are affected by pages removed during the periods in which she gave birth to her children. Curious! Anyone knowing why, do let me know. — my thoughts are either they were removed and destroyed because they told too much information about the births (über-Victorian prudishness?), or else they were removed and kept (perhaps by the various children themselves?).

Regarding Mary Gosling Smith and Charles Joshua Smith:

Since Mary kept travel diaries during her girlhood, it is probable that earlier diaries other than those located in the Essex Record Office (Chelmsford) once existed. Those at ERO include: 1829-1830; 1832-1833; 1839-1840-1841. In all probability, these were left to daughter Augusta; she married Lawrence Capel Cure (Laurence Capel Cure?), and the items are part of the Blake Hall of Bobbingworth records. See Blake Hall’s website.

Charles has a “full-run” of diaries (also at ERO), 1826 through 1830 (he died in January 1831), but the curious thing with these are his 1826 diary begins with the day he married (though he says absolutely NOTHING about the wedding!). Why would a man who kept fives years of diaries, whose mother, Aunts, sisters kept diaries, not have begun his own diary much much earlier: he travelled, he had a first wife. Could he have destroyed these? One argument against such a thing as destruction is how much the Smiths seem to have held their private writings as important documents within the family, to be passed on to siblings and children. Only one diary (that for 1829) contains Charles’s name at the front of the diary: CJ Smith Suttons Essex. Few of the diaries of any family member have “ownership” penned somewhere; please go by the content…

Images for which I am actively SEARCHING, include:

portraits by Mrs Margaret Carpenter:

Harriet Colebrooke (1819)
Mamma Smith (1821)
Augusta Smith (1821)
John Bramston (1821) [Augusta draws him too!]
Fanny Smith (1826)
Augusta Smith – for a picture in oils (1827)
Emma Smith (1827)
Edward Austen (1829)

she is also known to have done an “Eton Leaving” portrait of Henry Beaufoy Wilder (Augusta & Henry’s younger son)

Portraits said to be once at Suttons (mentioned in Visitation of England and Wales):

Papa Smith (portrait)
Mamma Smith (miniature)
Belinda, Charles, Mary (portraits)
little Charles, his wife Agnes Cure, their sons Drummond & Reginald (portraits)
Drummond Smith (Emma’s brother)


March 1825 letter (Emma to Mamma Smith) mentions a portrait of Mary Gosling which Emma claims she not only wants but “can afford”; no mention of artist, or medium.

a diary entry describes a “Souvenir of the Year 1810″, a gift given by Margaret Lady Smith-Burges, as a netting box with her picture inset on the cover. No further details.

a 1798 letter from Eliza Chute to her sister Augusta Smith mentions a picture of Augusta, which is deemed “extremely like”; it could have been a companion to the drawing of Maria, Lady Northampton by Eliza Chute.

portraits by Miss Mary Ann Knight:

Mamma Smith (1816)
Augusta Smith (destined for Belinda Colebrooke) (1822)

portraits by Sir William Beechey:

entire Gosling family: individual portraits of William and Charlotte (de Grey) Gosling; the three eldest sons, William Ellis, Robert, and Bennett; duo portrait of Elizabeth and Mary [August 2013 news; the three sons have been located!]

Thomas Smith, of Fonthill, Jamaica and Bersted, Bognor. Sold in the same Sotheby’s sale as the dual portrait of Mary and Elizabeth Gosling (19 Feb 1958); description: three-quarter length, seated by his desk, wearing a dark brown coat and fawn breeches (50×40 inches)
Susan Mackworth-Praed, his wife. Sold at Christie’s in July 1901. She was the twin sister of the Countess of Mayo; description: in red dress, with cloak lined with ermine, pearl necklace, seated on a terrace. Three-quarter length, face almost in profile, looking towards the right; a column in the background (50×40 inches)
*New*: November 2011 Bonham’s auction has a miniature of Susannah Smith, by James Leakey!

portraits by Mr Nicholls (no first name given):

Augusta Wilder (1835)
Emma seems to have sat to the man too. Also she and Chomeley sat to him for a small work in oils
Little Charles Austen (1835); and Amy Austen (1834)

portraits by Fanny Corbaux:

various Smith, Gosling, and Compton/Dickins children during the 1830s
Miss Ashley (1831) [Emma tells Aunt the portrait is ‘very nearly as like Mamma’s’; painted for Charlotte]
Mrs Augusta Smith (1831) [same letter intimates that Aunt herself also drew a picture of Mamma]
Eliza Le Marchant (1840) [in a letter Mamma asks, ‘are you sitting to Miss Corbaux?’]

Mr Nash portrait:

Spencer Compton (later, 2nd Marquess of Northampton) (1815)

Thomas Gainsborough portrait:

Joshua Smith, of Erle Stoke Park, Wiltshire. Sold in the same Sotheby’s sale as the dual portrait of Mary and Elizabeth Gosling (19 Feb 1958). Description: half-length in blue coat and red doublet in a landscape setting (36 1/2x 27 1/2 inches)

Emma Smith portrait:

Joshua Smith, of Erle Stoke Park. Description: Three-quarter length, in black coat and yellow waistcoat (37×28 inches). This was sold in the same Sotheby’s sale of 19 Feb 1958. Was it a copy of the Gainsborough portrait (similar in size)? And which Emma Smith painted it? No idea as to medium.

Augusta Smith Wilder portraits:

Augusta is not only described as talented, there are numerous mentions of her ‘taking likenesses’ or ‘shades’ in the family diaries and letters. Where are they all? One gets mentioned  by her niece Mary Augusta Austen Leigh: a portrait — said to be ‘very like’ of brother Drummond. Augusta’s pictures also grace the book Scenes from Life at Suttons – which I’ve never yet seen (it is mentioned in a book on Jane Austen; published by Spottiswoode). June 2011 Update: I now HAVE this book, thanks to a Wiltshire seller on eBay! However, not all the family is represented; missing: Fanny, Maria and Eliza. Aunt, Aunt Emma,  Aunt Chute should also have been drawn, since Mamma and Aunt Northampton are present. Fanny’s matching portrait is, I believe, to be found at the Hampshire Record Office.

Miss Scott (no first name), described by Mamma as ‘a paintress here’ in Brighton:

Alwyne Compton (son of the 2nd Marquess Northampton) (1830) [at Castle Ashby?]

Miniatures by Sir William Charles Ross, 1836:

The Rev. Richard Seymour writes of his own sitting to Ross (in London), in April 1836; then of Ross’ visit to Kinwarton to paint wife Fanny in September 1836.

Miniatures sold at 2006 Sotheby’s Auction, by Mrs Anne Mee:

Maria, Marchioness of Northampton, circa 1795, described as “with powdered and piled hair, wearing a white dress, cloud and sky background; cracked, gold frame, glazed hair reverse”.
It was sold with a dual miniature of the Marquess of Northampton (by Engleheart) and Maria’s mother Sarah Smith (Mrs Joshua Smith). He is illustrated; she is described as “with powdered and curled hair, wearing a white gown, sky background”.
Would LOVE to hear from the buyer!

Miniature, by George Englehart:

Listed in a Sotheby’s catalogue (sale 16 Oct 1980): “George Engleheart, 1782 [lot] 135 Lady Cunliffe, wife of Sir Ellis Cunliffe, her powdered hair piled high and adorned with a lemon and blue scarf, wearing a matching lemon and blue jacket over a white dress, cloud and sky background set on the lid of a hinged navette-shaped ivory patch-box, the gold mounts bright-cut and the interior fitted with a mirror, the miniature oval 4.2cm…” (see blog post)

Silhouettes by Auguste Edouart:

Rev. Henry Wilder, Purley Hall, Reading (London, 21 Mar 1829)

Mrs Austen, 6, Portland Place (London, 3 Apr 1829)
Rev. J.E Austen, 6, Portland Place (London, 3 Apr 1829)

Sir Charles Smith, 6, Portland Place (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Lady Smith (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Baby Miss Smith (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Miss Smith, Portland Place (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Langham Christie, Esq. No. 2, Cumberland Street, Portman Square (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Chas. Dickins, Esq. (London, 4 Apr 1829)
Lady Eliz. Dickins (London, 4 Apr 1829)

Chas. Cunliffe Smith (London, 9 Apr 1829)
Drummond Smith, Esq. (London, 9 Apr 1829)

Spencer Smith, Esq. (London, 10 Apr 1829)
Miss Gosling, 6, Portland Place (London, 10 Apr 1829)

Chas. Wm. Christie, Esq., No. 2 Cumberland Street, Portman Square (London, 20 May 1829)

Rev. Sir John Seymour, Bart., St Peter’s Cathedral (2 ports.) (Gloucester, 1 Nov 1836)
Lady John Seymour (Gloucester, 1 Nov 1836)
Master Michael Seymour (Gloucester, 1 Nov 1836)

If you know the whereabouts of any of these items, or of related items not listed here,
please contact me (see the author page).


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