Ode, on a prospect of Windsor and the adjacent country. in 1743. manuscript.
1 volume (3 pages) : paper ; 32 x 25 cm.
Caption title. Later published as Ode on a distant prospect of Eton College.
Place of production inferred from Gray's biography, and date of production from the caption title.
The sheets of the manuscript have been mounted onto larger sheets bound into the volume. The dimensions of the original sheets are 23 x 19 cm.
A fair copy autograph manuscript.
Written in ink. Heavily creased.
Passed to Thomas Gray's executor William Mason (1725-1797).
Mason's nephew William Henry Dixon inherited the manuscript and passed it to William Wordsworth. A note on an envelope enclosed records: 'Given to Mr Wordsworth by the Revd. W. Dixon, nephew of Mason, with the printed Elegy to Mason's memory & his autographs. This is my mother's handwriting, W. Wordsworth April 1881. The remainder that of my Brother in law, Edwd Quillinan'.
Given to Eton College by a consortium of Old Etonian publishers, including Reginald J. Smith, George A. Macmillan, Arnold L. Mumm, W.F.D. Smith, A.H. Hallam Murray, and John Murray IV. A calligraphic note recording this is inserted in the solander box.
Late 20th or early 21st century light brown quarter goat; brown nonpareil marbled paper covering boards; housed in a brown buckram covered solander box also containing MS 281B.
Mason, William, 1724 - 1797 former owner.
Dixon, W. H. (William Henry), 1783 - 1854 former owner.
Wordsworth, William, 1770 - 1850 former owner.
Murray, John, 1851 - 1928 donor.
Smith, Reginald J.. donor.
Mumm, Arnold Louis. donor.
Macmillan, George A. (George Augustin), 1855 - 1936 donor.
Murray, A. H. Hallam (Alexander Henry Hallam), 1854 - 1934 donor.
Smith, William Frederick Danvers, 1868 - 1928 donor.