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Notes on index-cards made by Clive Wainwright while researching for works on Abbotsford

Identifier: Coll-1299

Scope and Contents

This collection of around 200 index-cards with manuscript research notes written in ink (cards 20 cm x 13 cm dimension) are divided by 15-index tabs into the following sections:

  1. WS Visits
  2. Hay, Bullock, Terry, Blore, Atkinson
  3. WS Tradition and Folklore
  4. WS Friends and Visitors
  5. WS on Collecting and Architecture
  6. Abbotsford exterior
  7. Abbotsford interior / general
  8. Abbotsford hall
  9. Abbotsford library
  10. Abbotsford dining-room
  11. Abbotsford drawing-room
  12. Abbotsford armoury
  13. Abbotsford study
  14. Abbotsford armour
  15. Abbotsford furniture

WS is Sir Walter Scott.


  • Creation: 1979-1989


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Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

Furniture historian Clive Wainwright was born on 2 April 1942 in Langport, Somerset, in England. He was educated at Huish's Grammar School, Taunton, and then he joined the plastics research division of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in Welwyn Garden City.

Wainwright continued his education taking evening classes in art history, and then joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum, first as an assistant in the National Art Library and then on the staff of the Keeper of Woodwork. Knowledge that he built up on the Victorian scene was translated to a doctoral thesis, a small collection of his own, and a large library of Victorian books. His principal interest had been Pugin and he came to play a key role in the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. In 1988, he was appointed Assistant Keeper in the department of Furniture and Interior Design, adn in 1989 he published his thesis The romantic interior: the British collector at home, 1750-1850.

His other works included Furniture in the Palace of Westminster (1974), jointly with John Hardy, and High Victorian design (1974), collaborating with Simon Jervis.

Wainwright was elected to the Society of Antiquaries of London on 6 December 1973, and was a member of its Council in 1980.

Clive Wainwright, PhD. died on 2 July 1999.


200 (approx.) index-cards

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired by donation. Accession no: E2011.13

Related Materials

Within Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library there is the Corson Collection about which more can be found here Although Edinburgh University itself does not have a copy, there is the Guide to Abbotsford, revised by James Corson, and published by Swain Ltd., 1975.

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.

Notes on index-cards made by Clive Wainwright (1942-1999) while researching for works on Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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