Bede, Baylor, Browning, Balliol
‘Bede to Browning’ exhibition and workshop
for faculty and students of Baylor in Oxford
Baylor at Balliol 4 August 2014
This afternoon Fiona and Anna were delighted to be able to return some of Baylor’s wonderful hospitality from their visit to Texas in May in connection with Browning Day and the Browning Letters Project. Dr Josh King, who is about to take up the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Victorian Studies at Baylor, visited St Cross with several colleagues and two groups of ten students each and led a workshop based on Balliol manuscripts on display ‘from Bede to Browning.’
Dr King’s choice of manuscripts fell into several categories to complement the different strands of the Baylor in Oxford programme, principally British Literature and The Oxford Christians. In addition to drawing connections with their current studies, the students had the opportunity for direct contact with some of the manuscripts. They discussed the layers of composition evident between manuscript drafts and printed editions of poems, and enjoyed reading Hopkins’ ‘Duns Scotus in Oxford’ and ‘As kingfishers catch fire’ in close proximity to a Scotus manuscript produced in Oxford and one of Hopkins’ student essays.
Western medieval manuscripts – theological texts
MS 175, second half of the 12th century. Includes Bede’s commentaries on the Biblical books of Solomon (ff.1-93v) and Tobit (ff.94-103v).
MS 42, late 13th century. Part II of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica.
A modern medievalist
Maxwell papers 1.29, letter from C.S. Lewis, 1960.
Matthew Arnold (Balliol 1840)
Autograph manuscript of “Written in Kensington Gardens”
Autograph manuscript of “Culture and its Enemies”
Autograph manuscript of “St. Paul and Protestantism”
ALS from Robert Browning. Warwick Crescent, London. 20 February 1872.
Passport of Matthew and Mrs. Matthew Arnold (no. 8821), issued 28 August 1851 [used by Arnolds on their honeymoon]
Ambrotype portrait of Matthew Arnold (Sept. 10 1856)
Autograph letter to Mary Penrose Arnold Oxford. “Sunday.” [October 1854?].
Autograph letter to William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98). Fox How. 15 August 1883. 1 l. with MS note by Gladstone.
Robert Browning (Hon Fellow of Balliol 1867)
MS 390. Pacchiarotto and How he Worked in Distemper (1876) showing pages containing “Pisgah I” and “Pisgah II”
MS 394, showing ALS from RB to George Eliot, 1878 [in MS 394]
MS copy by RB of Charles Dickens’ appraisal of A Blot in the ‘Scutcheon
Ring (Browning’s ring, but not the ring of The Ring and the Book)
The ‘Old Yellow Book’ (statements in Italian and Latin re the 1698 Franceschini case)
Portrait of Guido Franceschini
Browning family photograph album with oak cover
laurel leaves from the casket of RB in Venice, 1889
Arthur Hugh Clough (Balliol 1836)
manuscript draft of The Bothie and Clough’s own copy of the first edition, first page
Manuscript student journal, first page
Gerard Manley Hopkins (Balliol 1863)
student essay, “Poetic Diction”
George Gordon, Lord Byron
MS 406 manuscript of unfinished poem “The Monk of Athos”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
MS 405, Original autograph letter to AB Periera [sic], 16 September 1815.