Thursday 9 January 2014

Bookplate of Reginald Cholmondeley, Condover Hall [Shropshire]

I have just acquired a Cholmondeley bookplate for my small but growing collection. This one has a dual interest for me in that it has the connection with the Cheshire family but is also of Shropshire interest. Condover Hall is now an educational activity centre for school children.

19th century Seal Armorial Bookplate of Reginald Cholmondeley, Condover Hall [Shropshire]. F.5807.

Cholmondeley of Condover Bookplate

Reginald Cholmondeley of Condover Hall, Shropshire, (1826-1896) son of Rev. Charles Cowper Cholmondeley m.1867 Hon. Alice Mary Egerton (1836-1868) dau of William Tatton Egerton, 1st Baron Egerton (1806-1883) who m.1830, Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (d.1878) dau of John Loftus, 2nd Marquess of Ely, KP PC. Reginald Cholmondeley was host to the American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910) when he visited in 1873 and 1879. The house and estate was sold out of the family in 1897. From 1926 Condover Hall had various institutional uses and is now a residential activity centre. Reginald’s paintings and library were sold soon after his death.
Dimensions of paper: 83x69mm. 
Condition:  Average.

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