William Chapman Hewitson was a British naturalist, born on 9 January 1806 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and died on 28 May 1878. A wealthy collector, this naturalist was particularly devoted to the Coleoptera and the Lepidoptera and, also, to bird's nests and eggs. His collection of butterflies, purchased from travellers throughout the world, was one of the largest and most important of his time. He was a very accomplished illustrator.
William Hewitson was educated in York. He became a land-surveyor and was for some time employed under George Stephenson on the London and Birmingham Railway. Delicate health and the accession to an ample fortune through the death of a relative led him to give up his profession and he afterwards devoted himself to scientific studies. He lived for a time at Bristol and Hampstead.In 1848 he purchased ten or twelve acres of Oatlands Park, Surrey, and built a house there. He remained at of Oatlands for the rest of his life.
Plate II of Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycænidæ
British oology: being illustrations of the eggs of British birds, with figures of each species, as far as practicable, drawn and coloured from nature : accompanied by descriptions of the materials and situation of their nests, number of eggs, &c.Published for the author, by Charles Empson, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1831 Online
Illustrations of new species of exotic Butterflies, selected chiefly from the Collections of W.Wilson Saunders and William C. Hewitson. Vols 1–5 (1851, 1862–1871, 1878) Van Voorst, London. Hewitson paid for the last volume when the Trustees of the British Museum refused.Online
Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycænidæ John Van Voorst,London (1862–1878). Online Volume 1 Text Volume 2 plates.
Specimen of a catalogue of Lycaenidae in the British Museum by W.C. Hewitson. London Printed by order of the Trustees 1862 Online
Descriptions of new Indian lepidopterous insects from the collection of the late Mr. W.S. Atkinson. Rhopalocera, by William C. Hewitson. Heterocera, by Frederic Moore. With an introductory notice by Arthur Grote. Calcutta,Asiatic Society of Bengal,1879-88. Online
William Forsell Kirby, 1879 Catalogue of the collection of diurnal Lepidoptera formed by the late William Chapman Hewitson, of Oatlands, Walton-on Thames; and bequeathed by him to the British Museum. London,John Van Voorst.Online