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HOLDICH, Sir Thomas Hungerford (1843-1929)


Reference code(s): GB 0402 THH

Held at: Royal Geographical Society

Title: HOLDICH, Sir Thomas Hungerford (1843-1929)

Date(s): 1880-1929

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 2 sketchbooks

Name of creator(s): Holdich | Sir | Thomas Hungerford | 1843-1929 | Knight | surveyor | Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1843; commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1862, he joined the Survey of India in 1865 and surveyed much of the North West frontier and Afghanistan; appointed to the Russian/Afghan boundary commisision in 1884 and later to the Pamir and the Perso/Baluch commissions; he settled the Argentine/Chile border dispute in 1902; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1868; Founders Medal, RGS, 1887; President of the RGS, 1917-1919; died, 1929.


Scope and content/abstract:

Sketches and watercolours of Col Sir Thomas Holdich, 1880-1902, including notebook of sketches and watercolours made while a member of the Afghan Boundary Commission, 1885 and of Afghanistan, Persia and India, 1880-1896 and sketch book containing seven sketches of Patagonia, 1902.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at Archivist's discretion, and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Sketches are pencil or carbon, good condition.

Finding aids:

Hand list and card index.

The RGS archives: a handlist / compiled by Christine Kelly. London: RGS, 1977.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Related material:

Mounted watercolours and sketches by Holdich are held by the RGS picture library; Correspondence blocks, 1871-1930; Journal Ms Central Africa 1901, Mss Miscellaneous 1899, 1919; Journal Mss 1879, Nos. 1 and 2, 1881, 1885, 1901, Nos. 1 and 2; numerous references in RGS correspondence blocks.


Archivist's note: Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids and Mill's Record of the RGS (1930). Revised by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 August 2001; Oct 2008.

Sketches | Illustrations | Visual materials
Watercolour painting | Painting | Fine arts

Personal names
Holdich | Sir | Thomas Hungerford | 1843-1929 | Knight | surveyor | Colonel

Corporate names

Afghanistan | Middle East
India | South Asia
Iran, Islamic Republic | Middle East
Patagonia | South America