Archive for September, 2012

It’s a Wrap!

Five minutes ago I sent the last item of “The Chetwynd Chronicles,” the bibliography, to my amazing designer and formatter, Sallie Kautz. Although she’s completed the text through Chapter 1, much to my delight, I’m preparing for a brief period of mourning. I hate to let go and say, “goodbye” to a project I’ve so much enjoyed.

No longer will I compulsively Google “Chetwynd” only to find the usual references to Chetwynd, British Columbia. Because  a half-dozen of Florida’s Chetwynd colonists migrated to British Columbia, I first thought there might be a connection. Turns out that that Chetwynd, located near Dawson Creek, was founded by one Ralph Chetwynd and became a village in 1962.

No longer will I compulsively Google all possible configurations of Granville Chetwynd-Stapylton’s name in hopes of finding something new and interesting about him and not his kinsman by the same name who lived in Australia. Instead I found Alan Chetwynd Gillett, Granville’s great-grandson, who lives in Capetown, South Africa. Our hope is to golf together—either here in Florida or in South Africa or so Alan says. He doesn’t know that I don’t fly.

I am so grateful for my team of specialists, Sallie Kautz, Susy Richmond, Kareen Rashelle, and Emil Pignetti, who helped in great ways to make “The Chetwynd Chronicles” a reality. The wait will be unbearable!

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Lot Description


Southern states, America, 1880s

Scrap album containing sixty-one albumen prints, sizes approx. 3¼ x 3¼ in. to 7½ x 6 in., occasional inscriptions in pencil and one with photographer’s ink stamp (indistinct) on verso, loosely inserted in pre-cut slits, titled and several dated in pencil on mounts; with a quantity of miscellaneous photographs loosely inserted, blue cloth (lacking spine, partially disbound), titled Scrap Album in gilt on front cover.

Lot Notes

A personal album consisting of photographs relating to G.C. Stapylton, portraits and views in America’s southern states, probably Alabama and Florida including views of banana groves and orange groves, group portraits of workers, portraits at Stapylton’s wedding, an image of an alligator posed on a rocking chair wearing a hat and holding a pipe, views at Spring Lake, Lake Harris and Fat Island, and an image of a lynching titled ‘Justice’.

Price Realized (Set Currency)

  • ($1,031)
  • Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.


  • ($897 – $1,196)

Sale Information

Sale 5587

1 May 1996
London, King Street

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This is one of my favorite pictures of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the only building remaining in what was the Chewynd Colony. The church was formed in 1886.

The grave of the first rector who died in 1894, Joseph Julian, is visible on the right—just inside the east fence of the “church acre.”  Note also the bell tower that never contained a bell.  Because of numerous lightening strikes, leakage and bats, the tower was removed in the early 1920s.  On the south fence line the famous and rare lych gate is somewhat hidden by the pine trees—each bearing hitching rings.

The parish’s history, Coming Home, authored by Ivan Ford, is also in the pre-publication stage and will be available in early spring.

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George Elin

This 8×11 watercolor by George Elin is available for sale from Jon Berg Fine Arts, Santa Monica, CA, for $235.  Although signed George Elin, Berg believes the artist was Felix Elin.

I am convinced that the artist was George Herbert Augustus Elin, one of the colony’s premier horsemen who is pictured several times in The Chetwynd Chronicles. Elin established one of the colony’s social clubs, the Forest Club, in 1883.  By 1893 he had returned to London where he married and raised two children.  Sometime before 1911 he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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