|University Archive reference D489|
This month’s item is an album of 38 original cartoon illustrations by William A. Freeman. He was a student at St Paul’s College from 1925-1927 with an obvious talent for art. His widow donated the album to the archives in 1999.
The dedication by William’s widow at the front of the album reads “To Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education from Mrs Grace Freeman. In memory of William A Freeman the artist 21st December 1994. Cartoonist, sly wit and erstwhile poet? A dear man”.
The cartoons are immaculately drawn and often witty. The artist, like the writer of this blog, seems to have had an affection for dogs as they feature in several of his pieces.
The University Archive is comprised of material acquired directly from the University itself and also from alumni members and their families. Deposits from individuals and past students are often fascinating as they depict the individual’s student experience, or tell part of the story of their lives after they have left the institution.