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Drawing book of Alfred Crawhall Chapman

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MS. 15570
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Drawing book of pencil sketches and watercolours of birds, 38pp., 1873-1878.


  • Creation: 1873-1878


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15570, pp. 1-2].

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MS. 15570

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15570


Drawing book of Alfred Crawhall Chapman (1860-1896), engineer and ornithologist

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Crawhall Chapman was born in 1860, the son of Edward and Jane Chapman. He was the younger brother of Abel Chapman and grandson of Joseph Crawhall (a founder member of the National History Society of Northumbria). He came from a long line of sportsmen who were both accomplished hunters and acclaimed naturalists. He was a consulting engineer and ornithologist and lived in Newcastle.

Abel Chapman wrote "Alfred shared with me an innate love of wild nature and must have developed into a field zoologist of the first class. In particular, his fine ear and memory in discriminating varied bird-notes, appeared in Field, Zoologist, etc., all models of careful observation and writing."

Chapman died of typhoid at the age of 36 in 1896.

Custodial History

Bequeathed to the Alexander Library of Ornithology by Lieut. Col. C.S. Graham of Northumberland and Jersey, May 1972.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Related Materials

Further papers of and relating to Alfred Chapman, not forming part of this collection, can be found in the archives of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, held at the Great North Museum, Hancock.

Drawing book of Alfred Crawhall Chapman
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Repository Details

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