Daniel Lysons (antiquarian)

Daniel Lysons (1762–1834) was an English antiquarian and topographer, who published, amongst other works, the four-volume Environs of London (1792–96). He collaborated on several antiquarian works with his younger brother Samuel Lysons (1763–1819).

A portrait of Lysons from the collection of the Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery

Life edit

The son of the Reverend Samuel Lysons (1730–1804) and Mary Peach Lysons of Rodmarton, Gloucestershire, Lysons studied at Bath Grammar School and St Mary Hall, Oxford, graduating MA in 1785, and followed in his father's footsteps to become a curate in Putney, west London from 1789 to 1800.[1] While at Putney, Lysons began his survey of the area around London, in which he was encouraged by Horace Walpole, who appointed him as his 'chaplain'.[1]

In 1800, he inherited the family estates at Hempsted, near Gloucester, from his uncle Daniel Lysons (1727–1800),

First marriage and children edit

Charlotte & Sarah Carteret Hardy, by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Lysons married Sarah Carteret Hardy (c.1780–1808), the daughter of Lt Col Thomas Carteret Hardy, in Bath on 12 May 1801.[2][3] A portrait of Sarah and her sister Charlotte was commissioned to be painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence just before the wedding. Although this picture was begun in 1801, it still was not finished in 1806 when a friend noted its presence in the artist's studio.[4]

Their children included:

  1. Daniel Lysons, born 9 May 1804.[5]
  2. Samuel Lysons, born 17 March 1806.[6][7]
  3. Charlotte Lysons, christened 6 Sep 1807.[8] She went on to marry Sir James Carnegie, 5th Baronet (1799–1849).[9]

Sarah died in 1808.[2]

Second marriage edit

In 1813, Lysons married Josepha Catherine Susanna Cooper (c.1781–1868).[10]

Works edit

Lysons's major work is The Environs of London, being an Historical Account of the Towns, Villages and Hamlets within twelve miles of that Capital. With his brother Samuel, Lysons began Magna Britannia, being a concise Topographical Account of the several Counties of Great Britain (1806–1822), but after the first six volumes, covering the counties from B to D, Samuel died and the project was discontinued. Daniel Lysons also contributed views and illustrations to other works and published several pamphlets on religious and historical subjects.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Lysons, Daniel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/17296. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Armorial of Jersey, James Bertrand Payne, 1859 p222, accessed 11 Mar 2023
  3. ^ "British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPCV-KGJ8 : 18 April 2019), Rev Daniel Lysons, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom; records extracted FamilySearch and images digitized by FindMyPast; citing Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 18 May 1801, The British Newspaper Archive, Ireland; FHL microfilm, accessed 11 Mar 2023
  4. ^ The Cleveland Museum of ArtDescription of the portrait of Charlotte & Sarah Carteret Hardy, accessed 11 March 2023
  5. ^ "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NLJL-3VV : 4 February 2023), Daniel Lysons in entry for Daniel Lysons, 1804, accessed 11 Mar 2023
  6. ^ "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JM74-2JF : 4 February 2023), Daniel Lysons in entry for Samuel Lysons, 1806, accessed 11 Mar 2023
  7. ^ "A Catalogue of the Antiquities and Works of Art Exhibited at Ironmongers' Hall, London". Harrison and Sons. 1863. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  8. ^ "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQPX-151 : 4 February 2023), Daniel Lysons in entry for Charlotte Lysons, 1807, accessed 11 Mar 2023
  9. ^ Anderson, William (1867), The Scottish Nation: Or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland, Vol. III, A. Fullarton & Co., p. 493
  10. ^ "Lysons family, recipient. Lysons family letters from Hester Lynch Piozzi: Guide. (Historical Note)". Harvard University Library. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Guide to the Lysons Family Collection". Yale University Library. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013.

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