RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 126
Extent1 large ring binder.
TitleHenry Williamson: correspondence with Charles Tunnicliffe
DescriptionThe collection of 144 items includes three black and white and two colour photographs, four sketches of Henry and Loetitia Williamson by C F Tunnicliffe, an unfinished pencil sketch of a nude female, manuscript and typescript letters from Tunnicliffe to Williamson, 1932-1951, correspondence with publishers, hunt meet programmes, press cuttings, manuscript drafts, picture postcards, telegrams, one proof title page (for 'Salar the Salmon'), unfinished bird sketches, and a letter from Anne Williamson to Tunnicliffe, written after Williamson's memorial service in 1977. Most of the material predates 1951.
Admin HistoryHenry Williamson (1895-1977), writer, was born in south London and educated at Colfe's Grammar School, Lewisham. He fought in the army in the First World War and gained a deep sense of the futility of conflict as a result. He worked as a journalist for a short while before writing his first novel, 'The Beautiful Years', in 1921. This became volume one of a quarter, named 'The Flax of Dreams'. At the same time he moved to North Devon and, in 1927, wrote there 'Tarka the Otter', the book on which his fame most heavily rests, and 'A Patriot's Progress' (1930), based on his trench experiences. After 'Salar the Salmon' (1935) he became an outspoken supporter of German reform and British fascism, which led to his being briefly interned at the start of the war. His postwar work, which is arguably his most important, is a cycle of fifteen novels entitled, 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which was completed in 1960.

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-1979), wildlife painter, etcher and illustrator, studied at the Macclesfield School of Art, the Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, before working for the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He then returned to Macclesfield, working as a freelance artist, and developing particular interests in birdlife. He made his name in 1932 with wood engravings for 'Tarka the Otter', and went on to illustrate 'Salar the Salmon'. A personal friend of Williamson's, he exhibited at the Royal Academy. He eventually settled at a house on the Cefni Estuary, Anglesey, where the environment was to inspire his most famous book, 'Shorelands Summer Diary' (1952). He was elected a Royal Academician, Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Vice-President of the Society of Wildlife Artists, and was made an OBE in 1978.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThe Henry Williamson Society Book Collection consisting of all published works of Williamson is also available for reference at Special Collections and is listed in full on the Library's online OPAC.

The following Williamson archive collections are held at Special Collections: EUL MS 43, 71,74, 78, 91, 106, 111, 126, 239, 282, 356, 374, 402.

Papers relating to Henry Williamson are also held at the following repositories: Dartmouth College Library, USA; Savage Club, London; Reading University Library; King's College London; Royal Society of Literature; and Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

Other papers relating to Tunnicliffe are held at Oriel Ynys Mon (Anglesey Heritage Gallery); John Rylands Library, University of Manchester (Alison Uttley Papers); and the Natural History Museum (Fisher Collection).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL conditions apply.
ArrangementThe letters and drawings were collated and arranged in date order by Mr. Philip Craghill in 1981-1983.
Creator_NameWilliamson; Henry (1895-1977); writer
Williamson; Anne (fl 2006); daughter in law of Henry Williamson
Tunnicliffe; Charles Frederick (1901-1979); artist
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/48Williamson; Henry (1895-1977); writer1895-1977
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