Crawhall (Joseph II) Archive

Subject strengths: Arts, Visual Arts, Book History

The Crawhall Collection is a wonderfully-diverse and visual collection of material by and relating to local businessman, artist and patron of the arts, Joseph Crawhall II (1821-1896).  Original sketches and watercolours by Crawhall; correspondence from his friends and publishers; and family ephemera including his marriage certificate and children's vaccination certificates, family history information, programmes from plays in which his children appeared, a Christmas card which Crawhall designed for his wife to send and much more. 

The collection boasts an album of watercolour sketches which Crawhall gave to Charles Keene, some of which sketches Keene then refined and published in Punch and we even have c.260 of Crawhall's original woodblocks. There are also some childhood drawings by Joseph Crawhall III, watercolours by George Edward Crawhall (brother) and illustrated letters from Mary Crawhall (sister). 


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Crawhall (Joseph II) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/JCII

Date Range of Material

1669 - 2007

Type of Material

The personal archive of Joseph Crawhall II

Size of Collection

5 Linear Metres 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example GB186/JCII JCII/1/1/1 Letter from Andrew Tuer to Joseph Crawhall II).

You can then place your order by linking to our Request Form.


Finding Aid 

Archival catalogue available via the Archives Hub.

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Other resources

See Crawhall (Joseph II) Collection for Joseph Crawhall II rare books.

See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.