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INVENTORY OF THE LETTERS AND PAPERS OF BRITISH ARTISTS, 1774-1964
860525  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Letters and papers of British artists
    Date (inclusive): 1774-1964
    Collection number: 860525
    Collector: Getty Research Library
    Extent: 1360 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    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 century.
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    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    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.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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).

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Blackwood, Basil Temple 1870-1917—Correspondence
    Bramley, Frank, 1857-1915—Correspondence
    Brooke, William Henry, 1772-1860—Correspondence
    Burnet, John, 1784-1868—Correspondence
    Calderon, Philip Hermogenes, 1833-1898—Correspondence
    Casson, Hugh Maxwell, Sir, b. 1910—Correspondence
    Cope, Arthur Stockdale, 1857-1940—Correspondence
    Egg, Augustus Edwin, 1816-1863—Correspondence
    Gilbert, Alfred, 1854-1934—Correspondence
    Hardy, Dudley, 1866/67-1922—Correspondence
    Hassall, John, 1868-1948—Correspondence
    Macbeth, Walker, 1848-1910—Correspondence
    Murray, David, 1849-1933—Correspondence
    Partridge, John Bernard, 1861-1945—Correspondence
    Pye, John, 1782-1874—Correspondence
    Westmacott, Richard, Sir, 1775-1856—Correspondence
    White, Ethelbert, 1891-1972—Correspondence
    Wild, Charles, 1781-1835—Correspondence

    Subjects - Topics

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

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Drawings—England
    Engravings—England
    Etchings—England
    Prints—England
    Sketches—England
    Watercolors—England