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Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Drawing

An inventory of his item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: SEH
Date: Dec 1993

Biographical History

Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865-1940) was an English physician, author, and missionary who promoted child welfare work and built several hospitals and orphanages in Labrador and Newfoundland, Canada.

Wilfred Thomason Grenfell was born on February 28, 1865 in Parkgate, England. He attended London Hospital Medical School in 1883. While in London Grenfell decided to join the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman. The organization sent him to Newfoundland in 1892. While there, Grenfell built several hospitals and established both schools and orphanages for the children of the region. On a return trip from England, Grenfell met Anne Elizabeth Caldwell MacClanahan and the couple wed on November 18, 1909. Together they had three children, Wilfred Thomason, Jr., Kinloch Pascoe, and Rosamond Loveday. Grenfell was made a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George in 1928. He died in Vermont on October 9, 1940.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Drawing is a signed pen and ink sketch, "A Christmas Dinner in Labrador," by the English physician and author (1865-1940).


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Subject Headings


Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940.


Authors, English.
Missionaries, Medical.

Genres and Forms

Drawings (visual works)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Drawing
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of George and Lena Arents.

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