Fonds PR-2193 - Charles Edwin Fripp fonds

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Charles Edwin Fripp fonds

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  • 1889-1900 (Creation)
    Fripp, Charles Edwin, 1854-1906

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94 drawings. - 64 photographs. - 5 watercolours

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Charles Edwin Fripp was born in the U.K. and worked as an illustrator and correspondent for a number of publications. He first saw British Columbia in 1889 en route to Japan. He made Enderby, B.C. his home base in the 1890s. In addition to images created for publication, Fripp went on sketching trips for pleasure.

Custodial history

Fripp's son, Harry R. Fripp, was custodian of the records. In 1975 he contacted the BC Archives (then Provincial Archives) via Jerry Mossop, Visual Records Archivist. After corresponding with Fripp, on 3 February 1976 Mossop made the recommendation to Mr. A.R. Turner, Provincial Archvist, that the Archives purchase the sketchbooks and photographs for 400 pounds. Although documentation of the purchase can not be found, the records appear to have come into the custody of the BC Archives shortly thereafter. They were stored in a vault until 2010 when David Mattison, former Archivist, discovered them and began to conduct research on the contents of the sketchbooks. In 2011 they were put forward for formal acquisition.

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The Charles Edwin Fripp fonds consists of photographs and sketches created and accumulated by Fripp during his time as a resident of British Columbia. Some of the images are linked to his work as an illustrator and correspondent for various publications, while others were made in his leisure time, often during sketching trips.

The fonds consists of three files: PR-2193.1 - British Columbia sketchbook PR-2193.2 - Journey to Yukon 1898 PR-2193.3 - New Zealand exhibit

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Acquired from Harry R. Fripp, son of Charles Edwin Fripp, in 1975.


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  • The records are related to B-03661 - B-03666 : sketches or paintings by Charles Edwin Fripp
  • The records in file PR-2193.1 may be related to 98604-14 Charles McMunn fonds.

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Accession number(s): 2011.166.1

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