Eric Hamilton (1890-1962) came up to University College in 1909. Hamilton had been an artist, but had had to come to Oxford to get a degree in order to become a clergyman. He later became Suffragan Bishop of Salisbury and Dean of Windsor.
While at Oxford, be bcame a good friend of another matriculad of 1909, namely Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967), best known today as the assassin of Rasputin. Apart from Hamilton making a portrait of Yusupov, the latter also invited Hamilton to visit him in Russia in 1910. Of the following papers, UC:P25/MS/1-2 were found in the College archives in summer 1993, having presumably been given by one of Hamilton’s descendants. UC:P25/MS/3 was given to the archives by one of Hamilton’s grandsons in October 2001 as Accession No. 293.
Recatalogued in October 2001.
UC:P25/MS/1 20 Aug-3 Oct 1910
Photocopy of typed extracts from Eric Hamilton's diary of his journey to Russia, made by his son Michael Hamilton, who provided a brief introduction and conclusion. Hamilton visited St. Petersberg and Moscow, and was introduced to several members of the Russian aristocracy, all of which he describes.
Photocopy of typescript titled Oxford and a glimpse of Russia, by Eric Hamilton, in which he retells the story of his friendship with Prince Yusupov as seen forty years later.
Photocopy of a drawing of Yusupov made by Hamilton in Venice in 1911.