Obituary - Robert William Swallow

Obituary - Robert William Swallow
IT IS with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Mr. Robert William Swallow, which took place on July 10 in Shanghai. Born at Ningpo in Chekiang Province on March 1, 1878, of missionary parents, Mr. Swallow was educated at Ashville College, Harrogate, and Manchester University, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree at the latter institution. He returned to China in 1904 to take up a position in the Shansi University in Tai-yuan Fu, where he taught science and English till just prior to the outbreak of the Chinese Revolution in 1911. From that time on he was engaged in various business enterprises in North China. At one rime he acted as tutor to some of the sons of the President, Yuan Shih-kai. During the World War he served in France on the Technical Staff of the Chinese Labour Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. In later years he became very interested in Chinese objects d'art and archaeology, especially in ancient tomb figures, bronzes and mirrors. His book "Ancient Bronze Mirrors," published by Henry Vetch, Peking, a year ago, is acknowledged to be one of the best on this interesting subject. His intimate knowledge of Chinese life and customs was portrayed in his book "Sidelights on Peking Life," while many will remember his extremely interesting articles on Chinese customs and related subjects which appeared some time ago in the North-China Daily News. At the time of his death he was gathering material for a book on ancient Chinese pottery tomb figures of the Han to T'ang period. Mr. Swallow's numerous friends knew him for a man of a kindly, generous and placid though somewhat retiring disposition, and his passing will be regretted by all. He is survived by a sister, who resides in Jamaica.
A. de C. S.