J. Lane MSS
- c. 1876-1887 (Creation)
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1 box, 1 oversize box, 4 parcels
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Eldest daughter of George Lane, a market gardener in Pulborough, Sussex. Lady's maid to Lucy Renshaw, travelling companion of Amelia A. B. Edwards. She married twice, firstly to George Collins and then in 1885 to William Norton Western; this explains her married names Collins and Western in official records.
Previously in the hands of Jenny Lane's family (great-nephew Mr J. Martin of Broadstairs, and later his widow Mrs Patricia Martin).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
- J. Lane MSS 1-3: Bonhams, London. Travel and Exploration, Sale 25106, 6 February 2019, lot 115. Acquired by the Griffith Institute at auction (£8,125.00) thanks to grants from the Friends of the National Libraries (50%), the Friends of the Petrie Museum (25%) and a number of donations to the Griffith Institute Archive (25%).
- J. Lane MSS 4-5: Mrs Patricia Martin in October 2019.
- J. Lane MSS 6: Mrs Patricia Martin in February 2020.
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Scope and content
- J. Lane MSS 1-3: 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.
- J. Lane MSS 4: Photograph album put together following Miss Lane's two trips to Egypt and the Near East between 1873 and 1876.
- J. Lane MSS 5: Collection of antiquities and miscellanea collected by Miss Lane during her trips.
- J. Lane MSS 6: Three framed portraits (Jane Collins, née Jane Lane, George Collins [first husband], and George Lane [father]).
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Kept as received.
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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.
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J. Lane MSS 1 accessioned with some loss at spine and some loose pages at the beginning; J. Lane MSS 2-3 are in good condition.
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Excerpts from journals quoted in B. Moon, More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, writer, traveler and campaigner for ancient Egypt (2006).
Full web publication of journals on this website.
Portrait from B. Moon, More Usefully Employed: Amelia B. Edwards, writer, traveler and campaigner for ancient Egypt (2006), fig. 16 on p. 113.
Cultural warning: Users of this material are warned that some records document observations of people and cultures using scientific research models and language from the late nineteenth century in ways that may be considered offensive today.
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