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Folder of architectural and decorative detail sketches attributed to Elena Tamara Talbot Rice née Abelson, c 1920-c 1960

 Item — Box: CLX-A-479
Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0139

Scope and Contents

Folder containing sketches of architectural and sculptural details and letters drawn in pencil or pen and ink over pencil on squared paper. Each sheet bears on its recto up to 24 drawings of European mediaeval architectural and sculptural designs, including ground plans and architectural ornaments, all grouped by period and regions as well as individually labelled. Inside the front cover is noted 'E Talbot Rice', by Enriquetta Harris Frankfort, former Head of the Warburg Institutes' Photographic Collections. Thus it has been attributed to Elena Talbot Rice, scholar of Russian and Byzantine art, who was married to David Talbot-Rice, art historian.


  • Creation: c 1920-c 1960


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Conditions Governing Access

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1 folder

Custodial History

Donated by Dr Eckhart Marchant, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The items has been in the possession of the Warburg Institute at least since Enriquetta Frankfort, former Head of the Institute's photographic collections was in post.The item was offered to the University of Edinburgh owing to the connections with the Talbot-Rice family and because the Institute felt the item no longer fitted with their collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in September 2023 by Dr Eckhart Marchant, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0139.

Related Materials

See also within Heritage Collections, Papers of Professor David Talbot Rice, Coll-85.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin and Kirsty M Stewart in November 2023.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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