Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Letters and papers of British artists
Date (inclusive): 1774-1993 (bulk 1774-1964)
Getty Research Institute. Research Library
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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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Letters and papers of British artists, 1774-1993 (bulk 1774-1964), Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession
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.
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
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
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