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Royal College of Physicians

DREWITT, Frederick George Dawtrey (1848-1942)


Reference code(s): GB 0113 MS-DREWF

Held at: Royal College of Physicians

Title: DREWITT, Frederick George Dawtrey (1848-1942)

Date(s): 1876-1881

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume; 1 file

Name of creator(s): Drewitt | Frederick George Dawtrey | 1848-1942 | pathologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Frederick George Dawtrey Drewitt was born at Burpham, Surrey, on the 29 February 1848. He was educated at Winchester College before entering Christ Church College, Oxford. He graduated with a natural science degree in 1871, and then began his medical studies at St George's Hospital, London. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1876, and took house appointments at St George's, the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, London, and the Belgrave Hospital for Children.

He graduated MA and BM from Oxford in 1878, and the following year became a member of the Royal College of Physicians. Drewitt held honorary appointments at the Victoria Hospital for Children, 1881-87, and the West London Hospital, 1882-1902. He qualified MD from Oxford in 1883. In 1888 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Drewitt's private income enabled him to retire early. He then devoted himself chiefly to the study of birds and flowers. He had a range of interests however, which were reflected in his publications. In 1907 he wrote Bombay in the Days of George IV, and in 1922 The Romance of the Apothecaries' Garden, which reached a third edition. His other publications included The Latin Names of Common Flowers: Their Pronunciation and History (1927), and The Life of Edward Jenner (1931). He was also a fine water-colour painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Drewitt sat on the governing bodies of the Ornithological Society, the Zoological Society, and the National Trust, and represented the Royal College of Physicians in the management of the Chelsea Physic Garden until 1941.

He had married in 1897 the Hon. Caroline Mary, daughter of the third Baron Lilford. Drewitt died on 29 July 1942, at the age of 94.

Bombay in the Days of George IV: Memoirs of Sir Edward West, Chief Justice of the King's Court during its Conflict with the East India Company (London, 1907)
The Romance of the Apothecaries' Garden at Chelsea (London, 1922)
The Latin Names of Common Flowers: Their Pronunciation and History (London, 1927)
The Life of Edward Jenner, MD, FRS, Naturalist and Discoverer of Vaccination (London, 1931).
The Notebook of Edward Jenner in the possession of the Royal College of Physicians of London, with an introduction on Jenner's work as a naturalist by F. Dawtrey Drewitt, Edward Jenner (London, 1931)


Scope and content/abstract:

Drewitt's pathological drawings, 1876-1881, both water-colour drawings and pencil sketches, of cases admitted to St George's Hospital, 1876-1878 and undated, and of cases of pharyngoeal diphtheria, made at Great Ormond Street Hospital, 1880, and scurvy, rickets and variola, 1881. Many are labelled and annotated.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing reproduction:

All requests should be referred to the Archivist

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of the collection is unknown


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Related material:

There is also material relating to Drewitt amongst the College papers, including a letter from Drewitt regarding his medical bookplate, 1924 (MS2354/42), and reference to Drewitt amongst the College's Autographed Letters Collection (ALS);

Drewitt's letters to Sir Norman Kinnear, and to Albert and R.W.T. Gunther, 1900-13, are held at the Natural History Museum. See the National Register of Archives for details.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Vol. IV, 1826-1925, compiled by G.H. Brown (London, 1955) [Munk's Roll, 1955, p.327-328]; `Obituary - F.G. Dawtrey Drewitt', The Lancet, 1942, Vol. II, p.202; `Obituary - F. Dawtrey Drewitt', British Medical Journal, 1942, Vol. II, pp.174-75; Historical Manuscripts Commission On-Line National Register of Archives.
Compiled by Katharine Martin

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Compiled October 2003

Clinical medicine | Medical sciences
Diphtheria | Infectious diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Drawings | Visual materials
Mouth diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Nutritional and metabolic diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Otorhinolaryngologic diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Pharyngeal diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Scurvy | Nutritional diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Smallpox | Infectious diseases | Diseases | Pathology
Vitamin deficiencies | Diseases | Pathology

Personal names

Corporate names
Hospital for Sick Children | Great Ormond Street x Great Ormond Street Hospital
Royal College of Physicians of London
St George's Hospital | London