About

I am an archivist, interested in Eyre Crowe for his fascinating life at the centre of Victorian culture. My interest was sparked in 1993, when I was working in the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the University of Wales, Bangor. A collection of title deeds, financial papers, correspondence and ephemera relating to the Wynne family of Garthewin, Denbighshire (the Garthewin Additional Collection), was donated by the owner, and catalogued by me and my colleagues. Amongst the mass of papers were 15 detailed diaries kept by Eyre Crowe, together with some letters, accounts and other personal papers. They had been preserved at Garthewin by Robert O.F. Wynne, Crowe’s great-nephew.

In 2002 I began researching Eyre Crowe’s life and work as a personal project. A Geocities website was launched in the same year and revamped in 2005. In 2009 I transferred the website to WordPress.

I am not related to the Crowe family, and am not connected with the art trade. I am unable to give any valuations of works of art.

Contact me privately by email

Engage with me on Twitter @kjsummerwill

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3 Responses to About

  1. Phillip Troutman says:

    I like the new site format. Thanks again for all the useful information here.

    • John Baxter says:

      Hello I have a scetch in pencil of Jesus with a crown of thorns surrounding his head. I would like to send you a photo of it so you can help me identify the incredible artist that created the sketch.It has a date on the front bottom right of 1869 witha signature that I can’t quite make out. From what I can see, it looks like Lyote Lyeets or lyuges. Im not sure if that is correct, but it is pretty close to it. I appreciate your help.

      Thank you
      John Baxter

  2. Kathryn Summerwill says:

    Dear John,
    I am not an art expert in general, but am happy to try to read the signature for you. Please send the photo to me by email – click on the ‘Contact me privately by email’ link to the right of this message.
    Kind regards,
    Kathryn

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