Charles Alfred Stothard, FSA

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Charles Alfred Stothard, FSA

Birthplace: Henrietta Street, Covent Gardens , London, Middlesex , England
Death: May 28, 1821 (34)
St Andrew's Church, Bere Ferrers, Devonshire, England (By a fall from a ladder while making drawings )
Place of Burial: Bere Ferrers, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Stothard, RA and Rebecca Stothard
Husband of Anna Eliza Bray
Father of Blanche Anna Eliza Stothard
Brother of Thomas Stothard; Henry Stothard; Alfred Joseph Stothard; Robert Thomas Stothard and Emma Mary Stothard

Occupation: antiquarian illustrator
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Charles Alfred Stothard, FSA

Charles Alfred Stothard (5 July 1786 – 28 May 1821) was an English antiquarian draughtsman, with a special interest in monumental effigies.


Stothard was born in London, the son of the painter, Thomas Stothard, [and his wife, Rebecca Watkins]. In February 1818, he married Anna Eliza Kempe, who accompanied him when they travelled to France that year. She retained many of his drawings after his death and left them to the British Museum after her own death, in 1883. They had one child, a daughter, who only survived her father by a year.

In May 1821 he went to Devon to make drawings for Daniel and Samuel Lysons' history of Devon, Magna Britannia, vol. 6, Devonshire, published in 1822. He died on the 28 May, falling from a ladder while tracing a portrait from one of the windows in St Andrew's Church, Bere Ferrers.[1]

His grave is at Bere Ferrers.


Stothard's principal publication was “The Monumental Effigies of Great Britain; selected from our cathedrals and churches for the purpose of bringing together, and preserving correct representations of the best historical illustrations extant, from the Norman Conquest to the reign of Henry the Eighth,” a folio volume containing many etched plates. He began to issue it in parts in 1811, but it remained unfinished at his death. His widow, Anna Eliza, brought it to completion, with the assistance of four different etchers (who produced the remaining plates from Stothard's original drawings), and her brother, Alfred John Kempe (who provided additional text, based in part on Stothard's own notes). The complete volume finally appeared in 1832, although it contains two title pages, one dated 1817 and the other 1832, which has sometimes caused bibliographical confusion. Hathitrust


  • "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2020), Charles Alfred Stothard, 1818. Name: Charles Alfred Stothard Event Type: Marriage Event Date: 26 Feb 1818 Event Place: Marylebone, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Event Place (Original): Marylebone, Middlesex, England Gender: Male Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Ann Kempe Spouse's Gender: Female AncestryImage
  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch ( : 19 September 2020), Anna Eliza Stothard in entry for Blanche Anna Eliza Stothard, 1821.Bromley, Kent, England, United Kingdom 23 Sep 1821
  • Thomas Stothard, R.A. : an illustrated monograph. by Coxhead, A.C. Publication date 1906 Page 14 Archive.Org
  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-22. London, England: Oxford University Press; Volume: Shearman - Stovin (Vol 18). Pages 1320 - 1324. AncestryImage, Page 319 AncestryImage
  • Bray, A. E. (1823). Memoirs, including original journals, letters, papers, and antiquarian tracts of the late Charles Alfred Stothard, FSA. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. Archive.Org
  • A General History of the KEMP and KEMPE Families of Great Britain and her Colonies. Part IV. (1902) Page 16-17. Archive.Org
  •,_Bere_Ferrers St Andrew's Church in Bere Ferrers, Devon, is a parish church in the Church of England The church contains the oldest stained-glass window in Devon (excluding Exeter Cathedral), dated at 600 years old. The building was probably built at various times between 1290 and 1340; it is recorded that an archpresbytery was founded here in 1333 and the north transept appears to be the earliest part of the church while the south aisle is the latest, perhaps 15th century. In 1821 the antiquarian draughtsman Charles Alfred Stothard was killed on falling while making a tracing from a window of the church: his tombstone is in the churchyard.
  • Members of the society are known as fellows and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FSA after their names.
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Charles Alfred Stothard, FSA's Timeline

July 5, 1786
London, Middlesex , England
May 28, 1821
Age 34
Bere Ferrers, Devonshire, England
June 29, 1821
Bromley, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Bere Ferrers, Devon, England