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MS Eng 1675

Geoffroy-Dechaume, Charles. Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume correspondence, 1907-1960: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1675
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Geoffroy-Dechaume, Charles.
Title: Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume correspondence,
Date(s): 1907-1960.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Correspondence of French artist Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume and family with their English acquaintances.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006M-30. Purchased with the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for British Civilization; received: 2006 November 1.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Susan Wyssen

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume Correspondence, 1907-1960 (MS Eng 1675). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume (1877-1944) was a French artist, born in Paris. He was educated at the Lycée Henry IV and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he met Neville Lytton, who became a close friend. In 1907, Geoffroy-Dechaume and his wife, Geneviève, went to live in England near Crabbet Park, the home of Lytton and his wife, Judith. Although exempt from military service, Geoffroy-Dechaume returned to France in 1914 to join the army as a volunteer. He was wounded in his first engagement which resulted in the loss of his leg. He returned to the front with the British as a "peintre des Armées." After the war, Geoffroy-Dechaume and his family moved to Valmondois, Seine et Oise, but kept up a steady correspondence with his English acquaintances. His paintings can be found in galleries in Britain and France, including the War Museum, the Fitzwilliam, and the Royal Collection. Geoffroy-Dechaume died at Valmondois in 1944.
Source: Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. collection description.


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Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters and postcards to Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume and to Geneviève Geoffroy-Dechaume from various correspondents, from the Geoffroy-Dechaumes to Sydney Cockerell and Dorothy Walker and others, and between the Geoffroy-Dechaume children and the Cockerell family and Dorothy Walker. The correspondence concerns mostly family and social matters, but also discusses the wars, Charles Geoffroy-Dechuame's injury, and his art and art in general. Letters addressed to both Geneviève and Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume are placed with those addressed to Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume.


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