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998-17, PA-IN60-62-1, 60-62-2, 31-53

Champollion, Andre Cheronnet (1880-1914) Collection 1904-1909, n.d.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 998-17, PA-IN60-62-1, 60-62-2, 31-53
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Title: Champollion, Andre Chéronnet Collection
Date(s): 1904-1909, (n.d.)
Quantity: 1.33 linear feet (38 paintings/sketches)

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Andre Chéronnet Champollion (1880-1914) Notebooks 1904, n.d.: Andre Chéronnet Champollion's notebooks and photographs were donated to the Peabody Museum by his daughter-in-law, Stella Trafford in July 1998.
Champollion Drawings and Paintings Collection: The collection was donated to the museum by Ms. Adelaide Bramwell, of New York City, in 1931.She collected most of the paintings and sketches from private sources in Newport, New Hampshire.

Processed by:

Sarah R. Demb
Spring 1999

Conditions Governing Access:

Researchers interested in photographic materials must request access from the PM Photographic Archives; those persons interested in access to the paintings and drawings should contact the Ethnographic Collections Manager, Works of Art on Paper. All other materials can be requested from the PM Museum Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Andre Chéronnet Champollion was born in1880 into an adventurous family which included Jacques Joseph Champollion, discoverer of the Rosetta stone. Little has been written about Champollion, a gentleman scholar and artistic dilettante with talent in painting who focused his eye on the people and places in his global travels. Champollion died in 1914 fighting with France's 168th Infantry (7th Regiment) at the age of thirty-four. He was buried in Bois-le-Prête, France.

Source: personal communication, Mrs. Stella Trafford, 1998.


The archival records in this accession consist of two artist notebooks, one journal from a trip Champollion made around the world in 1904, one sketch book, and one folder of loose notes. The notebooks and sketchbook appear to relate to the same trip detailed in the journal. The journal is the second volume, and outlines Champollion's travels through Japan, China, Russia, and Germany. The PM does not hold the first volume, which most likely covered his earlier travels on the same trip in India, Tibet and other eastern and south Asian countries.The sketch book and notebooks pertain to Champollion's artistic inspirations in India. The folder of notes contains some pages entitled "Notes on Tibet" apparently taken on the published work The Buddhism of Tibet, or Lamaism, with its mystic cults, symbolism and mythology, and in its relation to Indian Buddhism (1895) by Laurence Austine Waddell. The accession also includes a large number of photographs, which have been transferred to the PM photographic archives (60-62-1; 60-62-2). An inventory of the photographs can be obtained from that department and a summary of those materials is provided in the inventory below.Champollion's paintings and pencil sketches are an ethnographic record of the people and places he encountered on his travels in India and Tibet. Most of the works are undated, except for two items drawn in 1909.


The Champollion Collection consists of two main materials groups: the Champollion Notebooks and Photographs (accessions 998-17, PA-IN60-62-1, 60-62-2), and the Champollion Paintings Collection (accession 31-53). The records group is organized into I. Notebooks and Notes, and II. Photographs. The second group consists of the Champollion Drawings and Paintings Collection.

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