Fonds RBSC-ARC-1713 - Charles van Sandwyk fonds

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Charles van Sandwyk fonds

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58 prints and other material

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(1966 -)

Biographical history

Charles van Sandwyk is an illustrator, writer and artist based out of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, BC. His work often features imaginative and ornate interpretations of animals and the natural world. Charles' books are designed, written and illustrated by himself, and he oversees every step of their publication.

Charles was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1966 and emigrated to Vancouver with his family in 1977. He was encouraged to pursue his interest in art in high school and went on to study graphic design at Capilano University. His first published book, A Selection of Neighbourly Birds, published in 1987, won an Alcan award. He also won the Grand Prix in the Printing World Awards 2006 for the finest achievement in British Printing for his illustrations of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. He has provided illustrations for Folio Society editions of The Blue Fairy Book and The Wind in the Willows. His book, How to See Fairies, received its own Folio Society edition in 2018.

He divides his time between Deep Cove and the Fiji Islands.

Custodial history

Some materials were previously held by the Joyce Williams Gallery in Vancouver before coming to Rare Books and Special Collections in 2013. Other materials were purchased directly from the creator.

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Fonds consists of material that reflects Charles van Sandwyk's development as an artist, illustrator and publisher of fine books in Vancouver. Materials include original artwork (watercolours, etchings), exhibition posters, book and book signing announcements, press proofs, broadsides, invitations, edition of the High Branch Society mail-outs (which include letters, cards, decorative envelopes, poems, and small copies of art), fabric banners, and medallions. Most of the items are signed by Charles. Some of these materials were brought together by Charles and the Joyce Williams Gallery; the arrangement of that material as it arrived has been maintained. Other materials were purchased from the creator and maintain the original order at the time of their acquisition.

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UBC's Rare Books & Special Collections holds many copies of Charles' published works. Simon Fraser University's Special Collections & Rare Books also has a Charles van Sandwyk fonds (MsC 111), as does Library and Archives Canada (R11825-0-7-E ).

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2018 accrual processed by James Goldie.
2020 accrual processed by June Chow.
2023 accrual processed by Malcolm Fish.
Further accruals are expected.

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Photographs are stored in the vault separate from the other records: BC-2170/01-02

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Includes 10 cm of textual materials, 8 banners, 3 medallions, 2 photographs, 2 water colours, 1 collage

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Description revised by James Goldie in April 2019.
Description revised by June Chow in October 2022.
Description revised by Malcolm Fish in January 2024.

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