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Roberts, Henry: letter (1861)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL273
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Roberts, Henry: letter (1861)
Date(s): 1861
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves (1 blank)
Name of creator(s): Roberts | Henry | 1803-1876 | architect and housing reformer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Roberts was born in Philadelphia to British parents. His family returned to London during his youth and he was apprenticed to the architect Charles Fowler. After working for Robert Smirke and studying at the Royal Academy Schools, Roberts set up his own architectural practice; his 1832 design for the London Fishmongers' Hall (completed in 1840) made his name and he employed George Gilbert Scott as his assistant. He was also a founder member of the Institute of British Architects (1835) and became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1836. He is best known, however, for his interest in and efforts to improve the housing of the working class population in London, particularly his work for the Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes during the 1840s and early 1850s. Roberts and his family left Britain for Italy in about 1853, after a scandal caused by an extra-marital relationship of his. He died in Florence in 1876.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Henry Roberts of 31 Prince's Square, Kensington Gardens, London to C C Nelson, 16 Mar 1861. 'The lecture which you attended some months since at the So[uth] Kensington Museum [now the Victoria and Albert Museum] has just been published by the Ladies' Sanitary Association [under the title Healthy Dwellings]'. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in a presentation copy of Roberts's Healthy Dwellings - classmark [G.L.] B.861.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2008

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