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Finding aid for Letters and papers of British artists, 1774-1964
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Letters and papers of British artists
    Date (inclusive): 1774-1964
    Number: 860525
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute. Research Library
    Physical Description: 1360.0 items
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 1360 items, mostly letters signed by 507 British painters, illustrators, printmakers, draughtsmen, and sculptors. The collection includes circa 40 illustrated letters, as well as sketches, press clippings, manuscripts, and reproductions of art works. Most items date from the late 19th century.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    A collection assembled by the repository.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Letters and papers of British artists, 1774-1964, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860525.

    Acquisition Information

    Received in several acquisitions, circa 1983-1990.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu. Some items formerly part of this collection were separated; see also accession numbers 860525A, 860525B, 860525C, 860525D, and 860525E for letters and papers of other British professionals. Letters of non-British artists, architects, dealers, and others, formerly part of this collection, have been cataloged separately in the Library's online catalog.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises 1360 items, mostly letters, signed by 507 British painters, illustrators, engravers, etchers, draughtsmen, lithographers and sculptors between 1774 and 1964. There are 10 letters from 1774 to 1797, and 200 from 1900 to 1964, with the bulk covering the 19th century. The most frequent subjects of the letters range from news of family and friends, health and travel, and information about work in progress. Several letters, listing titles and prices of art works, apparently accompanied works sent to exhibitions. There are also a number of autograph letters signed for collectors. The collection includes ca. 40 illustrated letters, as well as independent sketches and drawings in pencil or ink, and watercolors, signed. Also included are reproductions of art works (mostly engraved portraits of artists), press clippings of biographical notes and obituaries, dealer catalog clippings, studio portrait photographs, and even a couple of poems and some manuscript pages. A folder with 12 documents from unidentified artists, dated between 1847 and 1936, is included at the end, in box 7, file 71.
    Among the most significant letters are those signed by Basil Temple Blackwood (1, illustrated), Frank Bramley (12), William Henry Brooke (1), John Burnet (4), Philip Hermogenes Calderon (6), Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson (2 illustrated), Arthur Stockdale Cope (5), Augustus Leopold Egg (12), Alfred Gilbert (6), Dudley Hardy (9 illustrated), John, Hassall (15, some illustrated), James Clarke Hook (15), Augustus Edwin John (11), Robert Walker Macbeth (7), David Murray (14), John Bernard Partridge (9), John Pye (5), Abraham Raimbach (2), William Simpson (2), Henry Tonks (6), Sir Richard Westmacott (10), Ethelbert White (1) and Charles Wild (1).

    Arrangement note

    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    B. T. B. (Basil Temple Blackwood), 1870-1917
    Bramley, Frank, 1857-1915
    Brooke, William Henry, 1772-1860
    Burnet, John, 1784-1868
    Calderon, P. H. (Philip Hermogenes), 1833-1898
    Casson, Hugh, 1910-1999
    Cope, Arthur Stockdale, 1857-1940
    Egg, Augustus Leopold, 1816-1863
    Gilbert, Alfred, 1854-1934
    Hardy, Dudley, 1867-1922
    Hassall, John, 1868-1948
    Macbeth, Walker, 1848-1910
    Murray, David, 1849-1933
    Partridge, Bernard, b. 1861
    Pye, John, 1782-1874
    Westmacott, Richard, Sir
    White, Ethelbert, 1891-1972
    Wild, Charles, 1781-1835

    Subjects - Topics

    Artists--Great Britain--Correspondence
    Engraving, British
    Etching, British
    Lithography, British
    Painting, British
    Sculpture, British

    Genres and Forms of Material