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Collection of Clementina Anstruther-Thomson Materials



  • Creation: 1883 - 1938


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Clementina (“Kit”) Anstruther-Thomson, author and painter, was born in 1857 and died in 1921. She was the daughter of Colonel John Anstruther-Thomson and C. Maria Gray. She was 30 years old when she began a lengthy collaboration and relationship with Violet Paget (Vernon Lee) focusing on the physiological aspects of aesthetics. Their published works together include: "Michelangelo's Medicean Tombs," in "Architectural Review" (September 1904); "Beauty and Ugliness and Other Studies in Psychological Aesthetics" (1912); and "Art & Man: Essays & Fragments" (1924), the latter written by Anstruther-Thomson and published posthumously with an introduction by Vernon Lee. Anstruther-Thomson also carried on a lengthy correspondence with Vernon Lee, and like Lee, was the subject of a portrait by the painter John Singer Sargent.


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Materials arranged in two series: Correspondence and Manuscripts.

Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Clementina Anstruther-Thomson Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.