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Guide to the J. Alfred Swatkins Sketchbooks MSS.3911

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2011

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-13T11:52-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

J. Alfred Swatkins Sketchbooks

Unit ID:

MSS.3911

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1912-1947

Abstract:

Four bound sketchbooks filled with drawings by Swatkins, a World War I era permit book, issued in England to John Alfred Swatkins, and a letter from noted British author Marie Corelli in Stratford-on-Avon, to Swatkins, complimenting his work and inquiring if it was ever used in the London press or by publishers.

Access Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Erin Schmidt, 2011

Preferred Citation:

J. Alfred Swatkins Sketchbooks, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

J. Alfred Swatkins was a British artist sketching land, sea and townscapes in Cornwall during and after World War I. There is very little biographical information about him, but there is evidence of his work still being exhibited and sold at auction for an estimated $500-$800.

Marie Corelli, pen name for Mary Mackay (1855-1924), was a British novelist during the Victorian period. Some of her better-known works include: A Romance of Two Worlds (1886); Wormwood (1890); The Sorrows of Satan (1895); and The Secret Power (1921).

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains four bound sketchbooks filled with drawings by Swatkins. The town, sea and landscapes depict scenes of Cornish villages and coastal areas. There is also a World War I era permit book, issued in England to John Alfred Swatkins. These typed of permits allowed the holder to be outside during prohibited hours, to photograph or sketch in prohibited areas, and to enter prohibited or restricted areas. The collection also contains a letter from noted British author Marie Corelli in Stratford-on-Avon, complimenting Swatkins on his work and inquiring if it was ever used in the London press or by publishers.

Acquisition Information:

Unknown

Sketchbook, 1913-1916 Box SC0083 Folder 3911.01

Sketchbook, 1923-1924 Box SC0083 Folder 3911.02

Sketchbook, 1932-1945 Box SC0083 Folder 3911.03

Sketchbook, 1937-1949 Box SC0083 Folder 3911.04

World War I Permit Book and Letter Box SC0083 Folder 3911.05