PHILLIPPS, THOMAS, SIR. Middle Hill House and other buildings at Broadway, Worcestershire [photographic views], ca. 1857-1860
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Sir Thomas Phillipps: Middle Hill House and Other Buildings at Broadway, Worcestershire: Photographic Views, ca. 1857-1860


Main Entry
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, collector.

Middle Hill House and other buildings at Broadway, Worcestershire: photographic views, ca. 1857-1860.

Physical Description
24 items (19 ambrotypes) ; 19 x 24 cm. or smaller

Historical Note
Middle Hill was the estate of Sir Thomas Phillipps, England’s preeminent manuscript and book collector. He maintained his collections in the house on his Middle Hill estate until 1863-1864 when he transferred them to Thirlestaine House in Cheltenham. Sir Thomas was also interested in the architecture and topography of the Middle Hill neighborhood.

Scope and Contents Note
Ambrotypes and photographs of the house at Middle Hill taken between 1857 and 1860 as well as view of other buildings at Broadway, Worcestershire. These include but are not limited to: the Cotterell Mansion; Spring Hill; the White Hart Inn and the Work House. Also: three photographs of houses in (Chipping) Campden, Gloucestershire: two of Mickleton House and one of the homes of his paternal uncle, Edward Phillipps.

General Note
Title devised by cataloger.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Jean Mermin Horblit, widow of collector Harrison D. Horblit, 1995.

Finding Aid Note
Unpublished finding aid available in repository.

Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872.
Horblit, Harrison D., collector.
Horblit, Jean Mermin, donor.
Mickleton Manor House (Estate: Gloucestershire, England. Views.
Middle Hill (Estate: Worcestershire, England). Views.

Almshouses. England. Worcestershire. 19th century.
Gloucestershire (England). Chipping Campden. Views. 19th century.
Worcestershire (England). Broadway. Views. 19th century.

Genre Note
Ambrotypes. England. 19th century.
Photographs. England. 19th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

Collection Inventory
The ambrotypes are in the original pinchbeck gilt frames except as noted. The usual size of the image area is 10 x 8 cm. except as noted. Dates and identifications have been taken from annotations on the backs of the images.

Middle Hill House
Southwest view (side of house). Ambrotype, 30 Oct. 1857. Gilt mount inserted in to papier-mâché frame [glass cracked].
Middle Hill House (front). Ambrotypes, Nov. 1857. Two almost identical images, 12 x 16 cm. [glass cracked on one].
“View from the front of Middle Hill with the Butt (sic) of an Elm Tree about 140 years old.” Ambrotype, 1857.
Middle Hill House. Ambrotype, Nov. 1860. 12 x 16 cm. [glass cracked].
Brick Court at Middle Hill. Ambrotype, ca. 1860?
Middle Hill House. Photograph, 1858. 19 x 24 cm.
Middle Hill House. Photograph, 1860. 10 x 15 cm.
Middle Hill House. Photograph, undated. 17 x 22 cm.

Buildings at Broadway, Worcestershire
Cotterell Mansion, Broadway. Two ambrotypes, undated. Image faces to left in one, to right in the other.
“Haunted House” at Broadway. Ambrotype, 1859. Gilt mount set into damaged papier mâché frame.
“Broadway Old Church.” Ambrotype, 1857. Gilt mount inserted into brown papier mâché frame.
Russell/Bedford House. Ambrotype?, 1869.
Spring Hill, Broadway. Two ambrotypes, undated. Two very similar views of front [glass cracked on one].
White Hart Inn. Two ambrotypes, undated [glass cracked on one].
Workhouse, Broadway. Ambrotype, undated.
Unidentified house near Broadway. Ambrotype, undated.
Unidentified house near Broadway (another image). Ambrotype, undated [glass separated from image].

House of Edward Phillipps (Gloucestershire, near Campden). Ambrotype, undated [Edward Phillipps was Sir Thomas Phillipps’ paternal uncle].
Mickleton Manor House: north side, the modern part of the house. Stereoscopic photograph from a drawing by Lady Graves, 1858.
Mickleton Manor House: south side, the ancient part of the house. Stereoscopic photograph, 1858.

(Updated 2/7/2008)

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