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Jenny Lane Journals

  • J. Lane MSS
  • Collection
  • 1873-1876

Journals of Jenny Lane, lady's maid to Lucy Renshaw, travelling companion of Amelia A. B. Edwards, describing in detail their various trips including the 1873-1874 journey through France and Italy, crossing from Brindisi to Alexandria on the Simla, thence up the Nile to Dendara, Karnak, Luxor, Aswan, Philae and Abu Simbel, and the return journey via Port Said, through Lebanon to Damascus, Baalbek and Beirut, Constantinople, Athens, and the Rhine. They contain vivid descriptions of the landscape, weather and peoples, and anecdotes and observations of fellow travellers and places visited. They cover the period from 4 September 1873 to 6 March 1876. 286 pages in three volumes, calf, worn, 8vo:

  • I: 4 September 1873 to 24 March 1874, dark red cover, 17.5 x 11.5 x 2 cm, 194 pages;
  • II: 1 May to 29 June 1874, dark blue cover, 18 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm, 70 pages;
  • III: 26 February to 6 March 1876, black cover, 17.8 x 11.5 x 0.8 cm, 22 pages.

Lane, Jenny

Journal 1

Journal covering the period from 4 September 1873 to 24 March 1874.
Dark red cover, 17.5 x 11.5 x 2 cm, 194 pages.

Journal 2

Journal covering the period from 1 May to 29 June 1874.
Dark blue cover, 18 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm, 70 pages.

Journal 3

Journal covering the period from 26 February to 6 March 1876.
Black cover, 17.8 x 11.5 x 0.8 cm, 22 pages.

Photograph album

Album (43.5 x 33.5 cm) of approx. 134 studio (including Beato) and smaller, possibly amateur photographs, put together following Miss Lane's two trips to Egypt and the Near East between 1873 and 1876. Locations include a number of cities in Egypt, Beirut, Damascus, Athens and Rome.

Collection of antiquities and miscellanea

Collection of antiquities and miscellanea collected by Miss Lane during her trips, including stone wall fragments, some with remains of decoration, Greek and Egyptian pottery fragments (modern and ancient), rough pottery oil lamps, shells, botanical specimens, strings of mummy beads, a decorated wooden spoon with an inscription to Miss Lane, a fabric sample and an ink well in the form of a boat.

Portraits

Three framed portraits, two of which are on porcelain:

  1. Jane Collins, née Jane Lane (no date, probably c. 1876-1885)
  2. George Collins (as c. 1870, although also c. 1876-1885 as 1 and 2 are a set) [first husband]
  3. George Lane (1887) [father]