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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1675

Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume correspondence


Correspondence of French artist Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume and family with their English acquaintances.


  • 1907-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
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.

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.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume.
  2. II. Letters from Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume.
  3. III. Letters to Geneviève Geoffroy-Dechaume.
  4. IV. Letters from Geneviève Geoffroy-Dechaume.
  5. V. Correspondence of the Geoffroy-Dechaume children.
  6. VI. Letters of others.
  7. VII. Other materials.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Susan Wyssen
Link to catalog
Geoffroy-Dechaume, Charles. Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume correspondence, 1907-1960: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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