Collection of Drawings

Scope and Content

A collection of drawings:

(1) 'View of King's College', watercolour, 18th century.

(2) View of Senate House Hill, watercolour, c. 1840.

(3) View of King's and Clare 'backs', watercolour, c. 1840.

(4) Lithograph of the same.

(5) Drawing of a section of the College of Physicians, London, built by Sir C. Wren, 1727. On the back are contemporary notes in Latin and English.

(6) Three drawings, one pen and ink, of C. Forster Cooper, 1924.

(7) Rough drawings by A.C. Benson, 6 March 1922.

There is also a small drawing, with the following note on the back: 'A.M. Browne, Hethersett, Jan 16th 1828'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925), man of letters, was master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1915-1925. He was a prodigious writer of biographies, essays, literary criticism and novels. The identity of the other artists is not known.

Clive Forster Cooper (b. 1880), featured in no. 6, was Director of the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, 1914-1937, and was made Director of the British Museum in 1938.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

No. 1 was received with the Bradshaw Collection, 1886; nos 2 and 3 were bought, 1922; no. 4 was presented by J.A. Harwood; no. 5 was deposited by T. Jesson, 1922; nos 6 and 7 were presented in 1924, source unknown; the small unnumbered drawing was presented by Sedley Taylor, 1920.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

No. 1 belonged to Henry Bradshaw; nos 2-4 belonged to J.A. Harwood of Windlesham, Surrey; no. 5 belonged to H.M. Queen Alexandra.

Geographical Names