• Title
    Minnie Lamb pen & ink sketches
  • Reference
    MS 5514
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  • Creator History
    Violet Fane was the pseudonym, of Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie (née Lamb), who was born at Beauport, Littlehampton, Sussex, on 24 February 1843, eldest daughter of Charles James Saville Montgomerie Lamb and his wife Anna Charlotte Gray. Her grandfather was Sir Charles Montolieu Lamb, second baronet, of Beauport, Sussex. She was brought up at Beauport, where from an early age she showed an interest in poetry and story-writing, which was strongly discouraged by her family. For this reason, all her work was published under the pseudonym 'Violet Fane', the name of a character in Disraeli's Vivian Grey. In 1864 she married Henry Sydenham Singleton, an Irish landowner, and subsequently became well known in London society for her beauty, charm and original conversation. Henry Singleton, by whom she had two sons and two daughters, died on 10 March 1893. On 24 January 1894 she married Sir Philip Henry Wodehouse Currie, (later Baron Currie of Hawley), and accompanied him to Constantinople, where he was ambassador. In 1898 her husband was transferred to Rome, and there they lived until his retirement in 1903, when they settled at Hawley, Hampshire. Lady Currie died of heart failure on 13 October 1905 at the Grand Hotel, Harrogate, and was buried at Mattingley Church, Hampshire. Her first publication was a volume of verse entitled From Dawn to Noon (1872). This was followed by Denzil Place: a story in verse (1875), The Queen of the Fairies and other poems (1876), and Anthony Babington, a drama in prose and verse (1877). In 1880 she issued her Collected Verses. She also wrote prose, beginning with the witty social sketches entitled Edwin and Angelina Papers (1878) and continuing with a number of light essays, originally contributed to periodicals and later republished in volume form. Three novels, Sophy, or the Adventures of a Savage (1881), Thro' Love and War (1886) and The Story of Helen Davenant (1889), were followed by further poems, Autumn Songs (1889). In 1892 a second edition of her collected poems was published, now in two volumes. Also in that year, her sole translation work, Memoirs of Marguerite of Valois, Queen of Navarre was published. While living in Constantinople she wrote two books of poems, Under Cross and Crescent (1896) and Betwixt two Seas: poems and ballads written at Constantinople and Therapia (1900).
  • Scope and Content
    Mainly ink sketches of people and of Beaufort drawn by Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie.
  • Extent
    1 volume
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  • Content person
  • Related objects
    MS 2608