Browning, Oscar, 1837-1923

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Oscar Browning (1837-1923), historian, was born in London on 17 January 1837. He attended Eton from 1850, and entered King's College, Cambridge, in 1856, where he became a fellow in 1859. He was assistant master at Eton, 1860-1875, before returning to King's, where he was appointed a lecturer in history in 1880. He became a university lecturer in 1883, and was principal of the Cambridge University day training college for teachers, which he was chiefly responsible for founding, 1891-1909. He left Cambridge in 1908, and settled in Rome, where he died on 6 October 1923.

From the guide to the Oscar Browning: Life of George Eliot, 1889, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Oscar Browning was an author, Fellow King's College Cambridge, University Lecturer and Principal of Cambridge University, and candidate for Parliament.

From the description of Queen Caroline of Naples [author's corrected proofsheets], 1887. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122585074

Epithet: of Add MS 36041

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Oscar Browning was born in January 1837, the son of a London merchant. He was sent to Eton College at the age of fourteen, and matriculated in 1856 as a scholar at King's College, Cambridge. In 1860 he returned to Eton as an assistant master, where he remained until a series of disputes with the headmaster over curricula, fees and his relationship with a pupil, George Curzon, led to his dismissal in the autumn of 1875. He then went back to King's and the fellowship there to which he had been elected in 1859. He lived as a fellow in King's for more than thirty years, tutoring, lecturing and writing, and gaining great popularity among undergraduates (to whom he was known as 'the OB') for his generosity and eccentricities. He organised the Cambridge University Day Training College, and was for many years treasurer of the Union Society. A clubbable man, he was actively associated with bodies as diverse as the Athenaeum, the Society for Psychical Research, and the University Swimming Club. Politically a keen though idiosyncratic radical, he three times stood unsuccessfully as a Liberal Parliamentary candidate. In 1909 he retired to a rented house at Bexhill-on-Sea. He was visiting Italy when war broke out in 1914, remained there, and eventually decided to settle permanently. He died in Rome in 1923 at the age of eighty-six.

From the guide to the The Papers of Oscar Browning, 1853-1983, (King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Autograph letter signed : St Stephen's Club [London], to [Oscar] Browning, [ca. 1880 Feb. 20]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers, 1752-1963. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn William Henry Hoffman Collection on Napoleon I, Napoleon I, William Henry Hoffman Collection on, (bulk 1789-1821), 1585-1913 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Blanche Paxton album on William Makepeace Thackeray, 1836-1868 and undated. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Browning, Oscar, 1837-1923. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1912. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Eliot, George, 1819-1880. The George Eliot and George Henry Lewes collection, 1834-1981. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Lane Company Records TXRC00-A11., 1856-1933, bulk 1894-1930 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Eliot, George, 1819-1880,. Autograph letter signed from M.E. Lewes [i.e. George Eliot], Waisenhaus Gasse, Dresden, to Oscar Browning [manuscript], 1867 August 23. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Oscar Browning: Life of George Eliot, 1889 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Oscar Browning: Life of George Eliot, 1889 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Lectures. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Literary Agency of London. Letters to the Literary Agency of London, 1899-1916. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Frederick Tennyson letters from various correspondents, 1831-1884. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn George Cecil Ives Papers TXRC93-A5., 1874-1949 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Browning, Oscar, 1837-1923. Letters to Joseph Leftwich, 1919-1921. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Literary Agency of London. Letters to the Literary Agency of London, 1899-1916. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Browning, Oscar, 1837-1923. Queen Caroline of Naples [author's corrected proofsheets], 1887. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Ives, George, 1867-1950. Papers, 1886-1949. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn (XIV. ff. 128). King's Bench, May, 1735-May, 1736.includes:f. 3 John Francis: Rex v. Francis: 1734-1735. ff. 5 b, 20 b Derby, Derbyshire: Suit relating to: 1735. f. 6 b Bourne, Lincolnshire: Suit v. parish of Spalding: 1735. f. 6 b Spalding, Linco... British Library
creatorOf Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Letter, 1881, Chelsea, Eng., to Oscar Browning. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Curtis Brown, Ltd. (London). Curtis Brown Ltd. papers, 1907-1935 1917-1935. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf The Papers of Oscar Browning, 1853-1983 King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge
referencedIn George Eliot and George Henry Lewes collection, 1834-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf John Lane Company. Records of the John Lane Company, 1856-1933 (bulk, 1894-1930). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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associatedWith Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925. person
associatedWith Browning, Oscar person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Cross Mary Ann 1819-1880 person
associatedWith Curtis Brown, Ltd. (London) corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dickinson family, collector. family
correspondedWith Eliot, George, 1819-1880, person
associatedWith Hoffman, William Henry, 1867-1916 person
associatedWith Holman, Louis A. (Louis Arthur), 1866-1939 person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Ives, George Cecil, 1867-1950 person
associatedWith John Lane Company corporateBody
associatedWith Leftwich, Joseph, 1892- person
associatedWith Literary Agency of London. corporateBody
associatedWith Moore, Edward Caldwell, 1857-1943 person
associatedWith Pater, Walter, 1839-1894. person
associatedWith Paxton, Blanche, former owner. person
associatedWith Solomon, Simeon, 1840-1905. person
associatedWith Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893. person
associatedWith Tennyson, Frederick, 1807-1898 person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. person
associatedWith William Andrews Clark Memorial Library corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Westbury, Wiltshire
London, England
Westmorland, England
Spalding, Lincolnshire
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Seighford, Staffordshire
Winchester, Hampshire
Dalham, Suffolk
Castle Church, Staffordshire
Middlesex, England
Ascott, Oxfordshire
Glassonby, Cumberland
Derby, Derbyshire
Daresbury, Cheshire
Berkhampstead St Mary al. Worthchurch, Hertfordshire
Orford, Suffolk
Wokingham, Berkshire
Bourne, Lincolnshire
Denham, Suffolk
Preston - on - the - Hill, Cheshire
Charlbury, Oxfordshire
Aldbury, Hertfordshire
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Birth 1837-01-17

Death 1923-10-06

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