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Girtoniana - illustrations and caricatures, 1914 - 1916

 Sub-Series — Container: GCRF 7/1/21
Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCRF 7/1/21

Scope and Contents

Pen and ink sketches, an illustrated play and two illustrated stories; all but the last two relating to Girton.


  • 1914 - 1916

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Welsby came to Girton to read Economics 1915-18. She played hockey, cricket and lacrosse while she was at Girton and worked for the Ministry of Food just after Girton, and again during the Second World War. She retained her sporting activities, taking up fencing, and was a regular participant in French and Swiss fencing competitions in the 1930s. She married Meyrick Browne in 1920, and had one son.


1 file(s) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Megan Watton in April 2008. Megan Watton acquired the material at a local sale in Ottery St Mary, Devon in 2007. It was tucked in a brown leather folder amongst a lot of artists materials. She offered the collection to Girton in March 2008. The purchase was aided by a generous donor.


The illustration of Miss Jex-Blake smoking (in 'Oddments') carries a note to the effect that it was purchased by J Millhoff and Co. for De Reszke Cigarettes, presumably with a view to publication.


Research at the time of purchase produced nothing further about Margaret Welsby but some information about De Reszke cigarettes. Most helpful was an article ‘Selling in Wartime: advertisements in The Sphere 1914-1918’ from an exhibition held at Brown University July-September 2007.


Welsby, Margaret

Finding aid date

2008-06-02 14:24:57+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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