Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Letters and papers of
Date (inclusive): 1774-1964
Collection number: 860525
Getty Research Institute
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
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
Language: Collection material in
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Letters and papers of British artists, 1774-1964, Research Library,
The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860525.
Received in several acquisitions, circa 1983-1990.
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.
A collection assembled by the repository.
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).
Subjects - Names
Blackwood, Basil Temple
Brooke, William Henry,
Casson, Hugh Maxwell, Sir,
Cope, Arthur Stockdale,
Egg, Augustus Edwin,
Partridge, John Bernard,
Westmacott, Richard, Sir,
Subjects - Topics
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