Rev Dr Alfred Caldecott, DD, LlD
Randolph Caldecott's brother, Rev Dr Alfred Caldecott DD, LlD, was born on 9th Nov 1850 and died in 1941. He was Vicar of Christ Church, Stafford; a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; Principal of Codrington College, Barbados; and Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral, London1. By1909 he was Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy at the University of London, and had contributed to the Pan-Anglican Congress a Paper on "Christian Philosophy in contrast with Pantheism, Christian Science, and Agnosticism"2.
collaborated with Randolph on one book: "Aesop's Fables" (1883) As a
theologian, Alfred was very familiar with classical Greek, and so the book
contained his translation of Aesop from the original Greek. However,
Randolph insisted that some Fables had become so familiar that sometimes the
better-known version should prevail over the original: e.g. a fox was often
substituted for the original wolf which would be an unfamiliar animal to British
readers. Randolph's cartoon of himself and his brother as co-authors
appears in the book. It is probably no accident that they never
collaborated in any other book!
Alfred is thought to appear in some other books, e.g.:
In "Old Christmas", Washington Irving describes the parson in unflattering detail and Randolph would have wanted to be true to the description, so we cannot assume that his brother would ever have looked like this! Here is Irving's description: