Romanticism Digital Collection

Posted by Angela Courtney, Head of Arts & Humanities
Harriet Cheney - The Upper Part of Ulswater from Lyulph's Tower, The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, UK

This powerful resource offers access to a large collection of working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers, all digitized in full colour. It also provides access to the annotated full manuscripts of such notable works as The Prelude and Michael, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Dejection: An Ode.

Researchers and students can trace the interactions of key literary and political figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century through the mass of personal correspondence and witness the close circles in which contemporary authors and artists moved and how they influenced each other’s work. Other materials include diaries, travel journals, scrapbooks, autograph books, financial records and receipts, each with detailed meta-data enabling in-depth analysis.

Supplementing the manuscript collection, this resource also includes full-colour digital images of over two thousand fine art pieces from celebrated artists such as:

  • J.M.W. Turner
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Ruskin

An interactive map with specially-commissioned modern photographs of the Lake District is also included.