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William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 273

Scope and Contents

Carte-de-visite photograph of William Harrison Ainsworth, incribed by Ainsworth with a note to Charles Dickens dated February 8, 1866. Photograph dated approximately 1866.


  • approximately 1866


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Biographical / Historical

William Harrison Ainsworth was born on February 4, 1805, in Manchester, England to Thomas Ainsworth and Ann Harrison. William began studying law but left the field for literature. His first novel was published anonymously in 1826. William married Anne Frances Ebers on October 11, 1826, in St. Marylebone, England. Together they had three children. His first successful publication, Rookwood, was published in 1834. After Anne passed away in 1838, he married Sarah Wells in 1866, in Braintree, England. His career extended to 1881 with him publishing about 40 novels. In addition to writing, he also worked as an editor for about fifteen years, although he was unsuccessful. William died on January 3, 1882, in Reigate, England.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth, England. At a young age he left school and worked in a factory due to his father's placement in debtors' prison. He became a well-known author who gained immense popularity in his lifetime. He wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and articles, as well as lecturing extensively. Dickens also edited a literary journal for twenty years. In April 1836, Dickens married Catherine Thomson Hogarth and together they had ten children. Dickens also helped found and manage a home for fallen women in the working class for ten years. Dickens died in June of 1870.


1 photograph : black and white; albumen ; 11 x 7 cm

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Item was purchased from David Magee in 1976. Prior custody of item is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; David Magee; 1976.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the David Magee papers (MSS 1335).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photograph to plastic sleeve for preservation.

Register of William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States