GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
City of London, Keats House

The Keats House Collection is a small collection, acquired since the opening of Keats House in the 1920s. Its most significant items are manuscripts by the poet himself: highlights include Keats’ manuscript of Bright Star, his annotated Shakespeare and a small number of personal letters to Fanny Brawne. Letters from Keats’ friends and fellow poets, Leigh Hunt, the Shelleys, Joseph Severn and other contemporary and later admirers complement these (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s manuscript of The Heir of Mondelfo is an interesting item). While the collection does not have the intellectual weight of others, it is significant in the study of Keats and his circle.

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1. Letter from John Hamilton Reynolds to J.H. Hewlett, c. 1842 Purchase Dealer
Funded by Bequest
2. Letter from Joseph Severn to George Richmond. 1845. Gift Other

For further information or enquiries, please contact Keats House direct.

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