National Library of Wales

Frederick Charles Richards Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 FRERDS

Held at: NLW

Title: Frederick Charles Richards Papers

Short title: Frederick Charles Richards Papers

Dates of creation: 1909-1932

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Frederick Charles Richards (1878-1932)


Administrative and biographical history: Frederick Charles Richards (1878-1932) was born in Newport, Monmouthshire. He was the youngest son of Edwin Kemp Richards, a butcher. In 1909, he received a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, South Kensington where he learned etchings. His first exhibition was at the Royal Academy in 1911, and he studied for a diploma of the Royal College of Art and gained the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers. In 1920, he joined the College of Arts, before making a base in Egypt in 1927. Here he held exhibitions at Alexandria and also at Tehran and presented twenty-one of his oriental paintings to his hometown. In 1931, he returned to London, and wrote �~A Persian Journey�TM with forty-eight illustrations drawn during his nine months in Persia. He died 27 March 1932.


Scope and content: Etchings and sketches drawn by Frederick Charles Richards; pocket diaries, 1919-1929; notebooks; press cuttings from The Egyptian Gazette, The Egyptian Mail and The Sphinx; correspondence, 1927-1932; research notes and a draft typescript of A Persian Journey (1932); research notes on Roman and Egyptian civilization, the architecture of London and other English cities, and various philosophical themes; miscellanea.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1984 at the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr. Michael Barlett of Lucas and Madley, Auctioneers, 54 Machen Place, Riverside, Cardiff, in October 1983.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries (1984); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: April 2003



Architecture | England | London

Artists | Wales

Artists | Wales | Archives

Egypt | Civilization

Richards, Fred, | 1878-1932 | Archives

Rome | Civilization

Personal names

Richards, Fred, 1878-1932

Corporate names