Westlake Collection


Westlake Collection


A collection of 21 items bound in 12 volumes , it consists mostly of pre-1801 items and includes works on King Charles I, bibles and prayer books, including an imperfect copy of a miniature bible, 'Biblia, or a Practical summary of ye Old & New Testaments' (London, 1727), the rare first issue of the first English children's bible. There are also a number of items connected with Sir Robert Strange (1721-1792), an important 18th-century artist, who was born in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands and who took part in the Jacobite uprising in 1745-1746. After a period of voluntary exile in France, Strange returned to London in 1750, later establishing himself as one of the foremost engravers in Europe. The collection includes five annotated Christie's sale catalogues, dating from the 1770s, for pictures collected by Strange on the Continent.


The books have been catalogued individually and have the shelfmark 'Wlk.'.


The collection was presented to the Library by Mrs IF Westlake in 1974. It was originally in the collection of Jacobite and family material inherited by her grandfather, the electrical engineer Alexander Pelham Trotter (1857-1947), his grandfather was Sir Robert Strange.


'Catalogue of Jacobite relics and family mementoes inherited by A.P. Trotter', AP Trotter, Teffont, 1933.




Art and artists


Strange, Sir Robert