RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 207
Extent18 boxes, 14 loose items
TitleDu Maurier family papers
DescriptionThis collection consists of papers relating to various members of the du Maurier family, catalogued and arranged by series (EUL MS 207/1-6), together with additions (Adds. 2-6) given below:

207/1 Papers of Louise Wallace (nee Busson/du Maurier)
207/2 Papers of George du Maurier (please note, some collections of loose drawings are handlisted)
207/3 Papers of Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies (nee du Maurier)
207/4 Papers of Gerald du Maurier:
207/5 Papers of Angela du Maurier
207/6 Papers of Daphne du Maurier:

Additional papers relating to George du Maurier and Daphne du Maurier not yet listed include:
Add. 2
3 oversize albums of engravings
1 box of engravings
1 manuscript in four volumes of 'Peter Ibbotson', 'written out by May'.
1 book entitled 'Elephants Can Remember' by Agatha Christie, with note inscribed on flyleaf in Agatha Christie's hand
1 box of letters from Daphne du Maurier to Maud Waddell ('Tod') [EUL MS 207/6/4/1]
Add. 3
Additional papers of the du Maurier family not yet listed: 5 albums of cuttings concerning the lives and careers of Gerald du Maurier, his ancestors and the Garrick Club.
Add. 4
Two albums of photographs relating to dramatic productions in which Gerald du Maurier played a role.
Add. 5
Large white envelope marked 'Doubleday letters'
Large white envelope marked 'Fan letters'
Large white envelope marked 'Birth certificates, letters, etc'
Large white envelope: correspondence with Peter and Joe Howard, Garth Lean and others.
2 red folder marked 'Odd letters'
Red folder: 'Congratulations letters on receiving D.B.E. 1969
Add. 6
Photograph albums
Admin HistoryThe du Maurier family have a fascinating history, with many of its members leading distinguished and well-documented careers. The family members represented in this collection include Louise Wallace (paternal aunt of George du Maurier), George du Maurier (illustrator, cartoonist and novelist), his son Gerald du Maurier (actor and manager) and his grand-daughter Daphne du Maurier (writer). Also included are papers relating to Sylvia du Maurier (sister to Gerald) and Angela du Maurier (sister to Daphne), as well as to many other lesser-known family members.

George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier (1834-1896) was a well-known illustrator and novelist. Born in Paris, he moved to London with the rest of his family in 1851, where he originally studied chemistry, followed by opera-singing and then art in Paris. He eventually returned from his studies abroad in 1860, becoming quickly established as a magazine illustrator, working for both 'Once a Week' and 'Punch' as a cartoonist. He married Emma Wightwick in 1863, and rapidly formed part of the Bohemian Hampstead circle. Friends of the family included Kate Greenaway, Sir Walter Besant, John Millais and George Eliot. Joining the Rabelais Club, he met other established literary figures, and illustrated the novels of Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins. He also had illustrations published in other London literary magazines throughout his life, such as 'The Illustrated London News', 'Good Words', the 'Illustrated Times', 'London Society', the 'Sunday Magazine', 'The Leisure Hour', 'Harper's Magazine' and the 'English Illustrated Magazine'. He was also a successful novelist, publishing 'Peter Ibbetson' (1889), 'Trilby' (1894) and 'The Martian' (1897).

Sir Gerald du Maurier (1873-1934) was an actor and theatrical manager, and was son of George du Maurier. He first appeared on the stage in 1895, playing a small part in a dramatization of 'Trilby' at the Haymarket. His break came in 1902 during Barrie's 'The Admirable Crichton', at the Duke of York Theatre, where he met his later wife Muriel ('Mo') Beaumont (1881-1957) who was also an actor. (She appears to have been based predominantly at three London theatres, the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, the Garrick Theatre and the Duke of York in the period 1898-1906, 1912, acting in a range of productions from Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' to 'For Love of Prim' and 'A Golden Wedding' by Eden Phillpotts). Gerald du Maurier was the first actor to play the parts of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Barrie's 'Peter Pan' (1904).Other successes included E W Hornung's 'Raffles', 'Arsene Lupin at the Comedy Theatre' (1906) and 'Alias Jimmie Valentine' (1910) by Paul Armstrong. He then moved into theatre management with Frank Curzon at Wyndham's Theatre, whilst continuing his acting career. He was knighted in 1922 for his services to theatre. Film roles include 'The Living Dead' (1936), 'I was a Spy' (1934), 'Power' (1934), Catherine the Great' (1934), 'Lord Camber's Ladies' (1932) and 'Escape' (1930).

Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies (nee du Maurier) (1867-1910) was another of the five children of George du Maurier, and elder sister to Gerald. She was a renowned beauty and socialite of her day, and married the lawyer Arthur Llewelyn-Davies. She later became famous for her friendship with J M Barrie, with her five sons forming an inspiration for the Lost Boys in 'Peter Pan'. Following the death of her husband and herself from cancer within a few years of each other, Barrie later unofficially adopted the boys. Her son Peter was the publisher of Daphne du Maurier's work on George du Maurier 'The Young George du Maurier, letters 1860-1867' (1951).

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was the second daughter of Gerald and Muriel du Maurier. She grew up in Cumberland Terrace, London, and Cannon Hall, Hampstead, but the family developed strong links with Cornwall after buying a riverside house near Fowey, and it was in Cornwall that Daphne settled. She began publishing stories and articles in 1928; her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit', was published in 1931 by Heineman. Then followed 'The Progress of Julius' (Heineman, 1933) and 'Gerald, a portrait' (Gollancz, 1934) before her first enduring success, Jamaica Inn', which was published by Gollancz in 1936. Two years later she published her most significant and best-loved novel, 'Rebecca'. Besides these she published a number of other novels, short-stories and biographical portraits, blending history and literary art in some, while developing her own unique vision of the macabre in others. She published one volume of autobiography, 'Growing Pains', about her early life in 1977. In 1932 she married Frederick A M Browning, later Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick (d 1965); they had one son and two daughters.

Angela du Maurier (1904-2002) was the eldest of the three du Maurier sisters, and the elder of Daphne by three years. Originally aspiring to follow the family tradition of acting, she planned to be an actress and spent two seasons on the stage. She worked on the land in Cornwall during the war and travelled extensively in Europe. She later turned to writing, with the release of her earlier works coinciding with the publication of Rebecca and Jamaica Inn. She published eleven books in total, including two volumes of autobiography 'It's Only the Sister' (1951) and 'Old Maids Remember'. Her works of fiction include 'The Road to Leenane', 'Pilgrims by the Way', 'The Perplexed Heart', 'Reveille' and 'Treveryan'. She lived at Ferryside, the family house in Cornwall, for most of her life.
LanguageFrench, English
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThe library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family, EUL MSS 144, 206, 207, 276, 301, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351, 354, 359, 363, 400. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive. Papers relating to George du Maurier are held at the following repositories: Pierpont Morgan Library, USA; Huntington Library, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum (National Art Library); National Library of Scotland; Dorset County Museum. Papers relating to Guy du Maurier (1865-1915) are held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA. A duplicate copy of the Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies memorial photograph album (EUL MS 207/3/1) is held at the National Portrait Gallery.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementThe original deposit was received in two portions, the first of four boxes and the second of two boxes. All boxes were merged in the collection description with subsequent additions not yet merged, described above.
Creator_NameMaurier; Angela du (1904-2002); author
Maurier; Sir; Gerald du (1873-1934); actor and theatrical manager
Llewelyn-Davies; Sylvia (1867-1910) nee du Maurier; friend of J M Barrie
Maurier; George Louis Palmella Busson du (1834-1896); illustrator and novelist
Wallace; Louise (1795-fl 1854); nee Busson du Maurier; aunt of George du Maurier
Maurier; Daphne du (1907-1989); author
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/118Maurier; Daphne du (1907-1989); author1907-1989
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