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Henry R. Bishop letter

 Collection — Container: 1 [31151030055648]
Identifier: MS-0355
Henry Rowley Bishop (1786–1855) was an English musical composer. This collection consists of a hand-written letter written by Henry Rowley Bishop to James Silk Buckingham, dated April 9, 1846.

Dates

  • 1846 April 9

Creator

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Extent

0.167 Cubic Feet (1 letter)

Biographical Note

Henry Rowley Bishop (1786–1855) was an English musical composer. He was born in Great Portland Street, London, November 18, 1786. Bishop later received his instruction in music from the Italian composer and theoretical musician, Francesco Bianchi.

Bishop was the composer of music for the ballet, operas, burlettas, and incidental music to Shakespeare's plays. Most of his career was spent writing or arranging music for theaters in London including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the King's Theatre, Haymarket. His first important opera, "The Circassian Bride, was accepted at Drury Lane in 1809. One of Bishop's works from 1823, Clari, or The Maid of Milan, (an opera in two acts) is well-known for introducing the tune of "Home Sweet Home." In 1842, Bishop was knighted by the queen, the first musician to receive this honor. In 1848, he was appointed professor of music at Oxford.

One of Bishop's contemporaries was James Silk Buckingham (1786- 1855), author, traveler, and lecturer. In 1843, Buckingham founded a literary and social club, the "British and Foreign Institute in Hanover Square." The club was often ridiculed in Punch and lasted only four years.

Henry Rowley Bishop died in London April 30, 1855.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a holographic letter written by Henry Rowley Bishop to James Silk Buckingham, dated April 9, 1846. In the letter, Bishop expresses his appreciation to Buckingham upon his election as an honorary member, of the "British and Foreign Institute," a social and literary club founded by Buckingham. Bishop also acknowledges the receipt of an "Inaugural Lecture" presented by Buckingham.

Custodial History

The letter was included in Clari: or, The Maid of Milan, a volume (V.559) formerly part of the Lester S. Levy Collection. In January 1993, the volume was cataloged to Rare Books (CAGE M1503 B.57), and the letter was transferred to Manuscripts. The Accession Number is 92-93.26.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letter was included in Clari: or, The Maid of Milan, a volume (V.559) formerly part of the Lester S. Levy Collection.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in August 1993.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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