Finding aid for the John Pope-Hennessy Papers, 1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995

Finding aid prepared by Sheila Prospero


Descriptive Summary

Title: John Pope-Hennessy papers
Date (inclusive): 1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995
Number: 990023
Creator/Collector: Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994
Physical Description: 116.0 linear feet (220 boxes, 2 flatfile folders)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The papers document John Pope-Hennessy's professional activities as a historian of Italian Renaissance art, museum director, curator, and teacher. The archive contains museum files, correspondence, study photographs, and manuscripts of his scholarly work. Also included are papers from his family, namely his parents, Ladislas and Una Pope-Hennessy and his brother, James Pope-Hennessy. The family papers include letters, clippings, and manuscripts of published and unpublished works.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical / Historical Note

Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994) was a British art historian, museum director, curator, and an expert on Italian Renaissance sculpture and painting. He served as director of both the Victoria and Albert Museum (1967-1973) and the British Museum (1974-1976). In 1977, he became Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and professor of art history at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Sienese Quattrocento painting was Pope-Hennessy's first field of research and was marked by his monograph on the painter Giovanni di Paolo. However, his greatest contribution to the history of art is perhaps his research and writing on Italian sculpture, which profited from his decades-long work with the rich sculpture collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His three-volume Introduction to Italian Sculpture has remained an important reference work and was followed by studies on Donatello, bronze statuettes, and Italian plaquettes.
Pope-Hennessy was born in Belgravia, London into an Irish Catholic family. His father, Major-General Ladislas Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy (1875-1942) was a member of the British Liberal Party. His mother, Dame Una (née Birch) Pope-Hennessy (1876-1949), was a writer, historian and biographer, whose published works include Early Chinese Jades (1923) and Charles Dickens (1945). Both were active supporters of the Irish Dominion. Pope-Hennessy's younger brother, James Pope-Hennessy (1916-1974), was also a biographer, historian and author known for works such as Queen Mary (1959), Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807 (1967), and Anthony Trollope (1971). Moreover, Pope-Hennessy's namesake and grandfather, Sir John Pope-Hennessy (1834-1891), who was born in Cork, Ireland, became governor of several British crown colonies, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. Known for being a progressive and liberal governor, streets were named after Sir John and a statue of him was built in Mauritius.
The younger John Pope-Hennessy lived as a child in Washington, D.C. where his father served as a military attaché at the British Embassy. He was educated at Downside Abbey (Somerset) and read history at Balliol College, Oxford. Although he received no formal training in art history, according to John Pope-Hennessy: A Bibliography, compiled by Everett Fahy, his interest in art history began as a young boy in 1926, when he purchased Crowe and Cavalcaselle's book on North Italian painting. While at Balliol College, he was introduced to Kenneth Clark and attended Clark's lectures at the Ashmolean. In 1935-1936, Pope-Hennessy traveled extensively throughout Europe, visiting museums, private collections, and setting out to see all the known works by the Sienese painter Giovanni di Paolo, on whom he was writing a monograph. In 1938, he joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum, initiating a long career at the museum, where he worked first in the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, then in the Department of Sculpture, before assuming the directorship of the museum from 1967 to 1973. Knighted in 1971, Pope-Hennessy directed the British Museum from 1974 to 1976. His early resignation from the British Museum and his departure from England for Tuscany and then New York has been attributed in part to his brother's tragic death in 1974. In 1977, he accepted an invitation to join the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
While working at the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, Pope-Hennessy continued to research and publish works, including Sienese Quattrocento Painting (1947), Fra Angelico (1952), The Portrait in the Renaissance (1966), Essays on Italian Sculpture (1968), Luca della Robbia (1980), Cellini (1985), and Donatello (1993).
In 1986, he retired to Florence where he was made an honorary citizen. There he wrote an autobiography of his life and career titled Learning to Look (1991). He died in 1994 and is buried in the Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori in Galluzzo, a suburb of Florence. His art collection from his home in Florence was sold at Christie's, New York, in 1996.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

John Pope-Hennessy papers, 1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 990023
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa990023

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1999.

Processing History

The John Pope-Hennessy papers were initially rehoused by the Registrar's Office upon receipt of the archive in 1999 with a preliminary box list. From 2013-2014, Sheila Prospero further processed the papers with a new arrangement under the supervision of Andra Darlington.

Separated Materials

15 monographs and 8 serials were transferred to the library. These publications may be found by searching the Library Catalog  for the John Pope-Hennessy Collection.

Scope and Content of Collection

The John Pope-Hennessy papers document Pope-Hennessy's curatorial and administrative work, his scholarly research as an expert on Italian Renaissance sculpture and painting, and his family background. The bulk of the archive consists of Pope-Hennessy's research materials, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, and museum files related to his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Papers from the Pope-Hennessy family include correspondence, manuscripts, articles, of Pope-Hennessys' parents, Ladislas and Una, and of his brother, James.
Series I consists of Pope-Hennessy's personal and professional correspondence. Included is correspondence with Pope-Hennessy's parents and his brother, letters from art historians Everett Fahy, Bernard Berenson, essayist and critic Logan Pearsall Smith, and music critic Andrew Porter. The series informs Pope-Hennessy's intellectual development, the influence of his family on his scholarly interests, and his opinions on lectures, conferences, and colleagues. Congratulatory correspondence for his museum appointments and knighthood and condolence letters after his brother James's death shed light on important events in Pope-Hennessy's life.
Series II documents Pope-Hennessy's scholarly work. Included in this series are manuscripts of publications such as Cellini (1985) and Donatello (1993) and unpublished works such as "Matteo di Giovanni" and "Iconography of Sir Walter Scott." The bulk of the manuscript files are drafts for his autobiography, Learning to Look (1991). A large portion of this series contains drafts of lectures and essays, some of which were worked into his published and unpublished books. His eulogy for art historian Kenneth Clark's memorial service can be found among his speeches and addresses. Also included are clippings of his influential articles from 1932 to 1995, press clippings and reviews of his publications.
Series III. Professional consultations consists of correspondence with art collectors, dealers, institutions, and galleries who seek Pope-Hennessy's opinions regarding attributions of artworks, states of conservation, and collecting. A portion of the correspondence is illustrated with photographs, slides and transparencies of artwork.
Series IV. Museum files documents Pope-Hennessy's position as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1967 to 1973 and the British Museum from 1974 to 1976, and as Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The series also contains teaching files from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Series V. Study photographs, a large portion of the archive, contains Pope-Hennessy's photographs, primarily of Italian sculpture and painting, German and Dutch paintings, photographs of the works in the collections of Thyssen-Bornemisza and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and photographs of drawings and paintings related to Pope-Hennessy's publications on Raphael and Fra Angelico. The bulk of the photographs are black and white, but also included are color prints, slides, transparencies, negatives, and Polaroids.
Personal papers from Pope-Hennessy's childhood and adult years can be found in Series VI. Included are personal documents such as his birth certificate and passports from 1945 to 1995, yearly pocket agendas from 1946 to 1994, and papers and photographs related to his personal art collection.
The Pope-Hennessy family papers in Series VII form a large portion of the archive and document Pope-Hennessy's prominent family and its illustrious members, including Pope-Hennessy's father, Ladislaus Herbert Richard, his mother, Dame Una Constance, his brother, James, and his grandfather, Sir John Pope-Hennessy. The series contains correspondence that reveals Ladislaus's political involvement with the Irish Dominion, the extent of Una's scholarly influence on her two sons, James's travels and literary work, and John's colonial service as governor. The series includes drafts of works by Una and James Pope-Hennessy, including Una's Charles Dickens (1945) and "Lady Gregory and Yeats" (unpublished) and James's Queen Mary (1959) and Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807 (1967). The series also includes letters from family friends, such as Bertrand Russell, Logan Pearsall Smith, and Cecil Beaton.

Arrangement

Arranged in seven series: Series I. Correspondence, 1914-1994; Series II. Writings and notes, 1932-1995; Series III. Professional consultations, 1944-1994; Series IV. Museum files, 1946-1987; Series V. Study photographs, 1930-1994; Series VI. Personal papers, 1913-1995; Series VII. Pope-Hennessy family papers, 1617-1995.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
Clark, Kenneth, 1903-1983
Fahy, Everett
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Britain, 1867-1953
Pope-Hennessy, James
Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994
Pope-Hennessy, John, Sir, 1834-1891
Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard
Pope-Hennessy, Una
Porter, Andrew, 1928-
Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

British Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
New York University. Institute of Fine Arts
Victoria and Albert Museum

Subjects - Topics

Art, Renaissance--Italy
Painting, Italian--Italy--Siena
Sculpture, Italian

Subjects - Places

Ireland--Politics and government--20th century

Genres and Forms of Material

Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color prints (photographs)
Color slides
Color transparencies
Dye diffusion transfer prints
Ephemera
Gelatin silver prints
Photographs, Original

Contributors

Fahy, Everett
Pope-Hennessy, James
Pope-Hennessy, John, Sir, 1834-1891
Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard
Pope-Hennessy, Una
Porter, Andrew, 1928-


Container List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1914-1994

Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet (13 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains both personal and professional correspondence sent to and from Pope-Hennessy. This section includes letters to his parents and brother from 1914 to 1971 that provide a glimpse into his relationship with his family and their influence on his scholarly interests. Also included is correspondence from art historical figures such Everett Fahy and Bernard Berenson, essayist and critic Logan Pearsall Smith, and music critic Andrew Porter. Other correspondents are filed alphabetically by name or under miscellaneous. Lastly, this series documents Pope-Hennessy's important life events including congratulatory correspondence for his museum appointments and knighthood, as well as condolence letters after his brother James's death. Additional professional correspondence, particularly letters relating to his knowledge of Italian sculpture and Sienese painting, is contained in Series III. Professional consultations; Series IV. Museum files contains additional correspondence pertaining to his museum career. Personal correspondence can also be found in Series VII. Pope-Hennessy family papers.

Arrangement note

Organized into four groups: family correspondence; correspondence with individuals, organized alphabetically by name; correspondence by subject; miscellaneous.
 

Family correspondence, 1914-1971

Box 1, Folder 1-2

Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1914-1932

Box 1, Folder 3-9

Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1935-1939

Box 2

Pope-Hennessy, James, 1948-1971

 

Correspondence with individuals, 1931-1994

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Berenson, Bernard and Mary, 1947-1972

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters to Pope-Hennessy from the Berensons and their secretary, Nicky Mariano.
Box 3, Folder 3-5

Curtiss, Mina, 1962-1986

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters from Curtiss and photocopies of letters from Pope-Hennessy.
 

Fahy, Everett, 1962-1994

Box 4

To Pope-Hennessy, 1962-1994

Box 5

From Pope-Hennessy, 1962-1993

 

Porter, Andrew, 1951-1994

Box 6, Folder 1-11

To Pope-Hennessy, 1951-1991

Box 6, Folder 12-13

From Pope-Hennessy, between 1991-1994

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of letters to Porter between 1972-1988. Also includes photocopies of letters from Porter between 1991-1994.
Box 7, Folder 1

Preston, Stuart, 1948-1966, 1991

Box 7, Folder 2

Prichard, Matthew, 1931, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Pope-Hennessy. Also contains 1987 correspondence from Andrew Gray related to Prichard.
Box 7, Folder 3

Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1937

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Pope-Hennessy.
Box 7, Folder 4-5

Wrightsman, Charles and Jayne, 1960-1993

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from the Wrightsmans. Also includes miscellaneous papers.
 

Various letters to Pope-Hennessy, 1931-1994

 

A-L, 1931-1994

Box 8

Papers, 1931-1994

Box 45, Folder 1

Color photographs, 1991

Scope and Content Note

Two prints with correspondence from R. Bethusy-Huc.
Box 9

M-Z, 1936-1994

 

By subject, 1962-1994

Box 10

Condolence letters regarding James Pope-Hennessy's death, 1974

Box 11, Folder 1-4

Knighthood, 1971

Box 11, Folder 5-6

Victoria and Albert Museum appointment, 1966-1967

Box 12, Folder 1-2

British Museum appointment, 1973

Box 12, Folder 3

British Museum resignation, 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 4-5

Metropolitan Museum of Art appointment, 1976-1977, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Also includes reception program for Pope-Hennessy in 1986.
Box 12, Folder 6

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts teaching position, 1976-1993

Box 12, Folder 7

Awards and honors, 1979-1994

 

Publication requests, 1977-1990

Box 13, Folder 1-2

Papers, 1977-1990

Box 45, Folder 2

Color Polaroid, 1983

Scope and Content Note

One photograph with correspondence from House & Garden magazine.
 

Memberships and organizations, 1974-1993

Box 13, Folder 3-4

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 45, Folder 3

Color photographs

Box 13, Folder 5

Mitchell Prize, 1992-1994

 

Miscellaneous, 1933-1994

Scope and Content Note

Contains some black-and-white photographs.
Box 13, Folder 6-7

Unsorted correspondence, 1982-1994

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from Pope-Hennessy during his years of retirement in Florence, Italy.
Box 13, Folder 8

Unidentified, 1933-1994

 

Series II. Writings and notes, 1932-1995

Physical Description: 10.0 linear feet (25 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series II documents Pope-Hennessy's scholarly work. Included in this series are manuscripts of publications such as Cellini (1985) and Donatello (1993) and unpublished works such as "Matteo di Giovanni" and "Iconography of Sir Walter Scott." The bulk of the manuscript files are drafts for his autobiography, Learning to Look (1991). A large portion of this series contains drafts of lectures and essays, some of which were worked into his books. His eulogy for art historian Kenneth Clark's memorial service can be found among his speeches and addresses. Also included are clippings of his influential articles from 1932 to 1995, press clippings and reviews of his publications.

Arrangement note

Arranged by type of material.
 

Clippings, 1932-1995

 

Articles by Pope-Hennessy, 1932-1995

Scope and Content Note

Contains original clippings and photocopies of articles written by Pope-Hennessy.
Box 14, Folder 1

1932-1934

Box 14, Folder 2-9

1940-1975

Box 15, Folder 1-3

1976-1980

Box 15, Folder 4-11

1982-1989

Box 15, Folder 12-14

1990-1995

Box 16

Reviews of Pope-Hennessy's work, 1937-1972

 

Published manuscripts, 1985-1993

Box 21, Folder 1

Cellini, circa 1985

Box 17-20

Learning to Look, circa 1991

Box 21, Folder 5

Paradiso: The Illuminations to Dante's Divine Comedy by Giovanni di Paolo circa 1993

Box 21, Folder 2-4

Donatello: Sculptor, circa 1993

Box 22, Folder 1-3

Articles, circa 1986-1991

 

Unpublished manuscripts, circa 1949, circa 1992, undated

Box 23-24

"Italian Renaissance Painting," undated

Scope and Content Note

Box 24 includes Institute of Fine Arts lectures on related subjects.
Box 25, Folder 1-2

"Iconography of Sir Walter Scott," undated

Box 25, Folder 3

"Matteo di Giovanni," circa 1949

Box 25, Folder 4

Essays, circa 1992

Box 25, Folder 5

Various, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes chapters of a book on Italian sites, "Introduction to Venetian Sculpture," "The Tempio Malatestiano," and "My Cinquecento."
Box 26-27

Speeches and addresses, 1945-1994

Scope and Content Note

Includes eulogy for Kenneth Clark's memorial service.
 

Lectures (finished drafts), circa 1948-1993

Scope and Content Note

Roughly alphabetical, original order has been retained. See also box 80, folder 5-7 for additional lectures.
Box 28, Folder 1

"Agostino di Duccio," 1957

Box 28, Folder 2

"Amadeo and the Lombard Renaissance," undated

Box 28, Folder 3

"Fra Angelico," undated

Box 28, Folder 4

"Rethinking Fra Angelico," 1972

Box 28, Folder 5

"The Aftermath of the Renaissance," undated

Box 28, Folder 6

"Renaissance and Antiquity," undated

Box 28, Folder 7

"Babaia," 1952

Box 28, Folder 8

"The Brancacci Chapel Restored," undated

Box 28, Folder 9

"The British Museum," 1976

Box 28, Folder 10

"The Italian Renaissance Bronze Statuette," undated

Box 28, Folder 11

"Cambridge Bronze Statuettes in the Fitzwilliam Museum," undated

Box 28, Folder 12

"Benvenuto Cellini," undated

Box 28, Folder 13

"The Real Cellini," undated

Box 28, Folder 14

"Connoisseurship," 1979

Box 29, Folder 1-3

"Donatello," 1985-1986, undated

Box 29, Folder 4

"Donatello and the Legend of St. John the Divine," undated

Box 29, Folder 5

"Donatello and the Renaissance Statue," undated

Box 29, Folder 6

"Gattamelata and Colleoni: The Development of the Equestrian Monument," undated

Box 29, Folder 7

"L'idea di Firenze," undated

Box 29, Folder 8

"Damage to Works of Art in Florence," 1967

Box 29, Folder 9

"The Florentine Fountain," undated

Box 29, Folder 10

"Roger Fry and the Metropolitan Museum of Art," undated

Box 29, Folder 11

"The Sixth Centenary of Ghiberti," undated

Box 30, Folder 1

"Giovanni Bologna," undated

Box 30, Folder 2

"Giovanni di Paolo," 1987

Box 30, Folder 3

"Why Pursue the Heritage?," 1975

Box 30, Folder 4

"Interaction of Painting and Sculpture in the 15th Century," circa 1948

Box 30, Folder 5

"The Interaction of Painting and Sculpture in Florence in the 15th Century," 1973

Box 30, Folder 6

"The International Heritage", 1980

Box 30, Folder 7

"Leonardo: Landscape Painter," undated

Box 30, Folder 8

"The Lombardi," undated

Box 30, Folder 9

"Tullio Lombardo," 1993

Box 30, Folder 10

"Masaccio," 1982

Box 30, Folder 11

"Matteo di Giovanni," 1955

Box 31, Folder 1

"Michelangelo: The Study of His Sculptures," undated

Box 31, Folder 2

"Michelangelo: The Early Work," undated

Box 31, Folder 3

"Michelangelo: The Sistine Ceiling," undated

Box 31, Folder 4

"Michelangelo: The Tomb of Pope Julius II," undated

Box 31, Folder 5

"Michelangelo: The Medici Chapel," undated

Box 31, Folder 6

"Michelangelo: The Late Works," 1955-1956

Box 31, Folder 7

"Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth," 1974

Box 31, Folder 8

"Giovanni Morelli," 1987

Box 31, Folder 9

"The Function of Museums," undated

Box 31, Folder 10

"The Contribution of Museums to Scholarship," undated

Scope and Content Note

Labeled manila envelope only.
Box 31, Folder 11

"De-accessioning," undated

Box 31, Folder 12

"The Museum as Forum," 1976

Box 31, Folder 13

"Design in Museum," June 1975

Box 31, Folder 14

"Specimens or People," 1969

Box 31, Folder 15

"What Are Museums For?," November 1974

Box 31, Folder 16

"Offner As a Critic," 1989 October 19

Box 32, Folder 1

"Piero della Francesca," undated

Box 32, Folder 2

"The Art of Art History: The Piero della Francesca Trail," 1991 April 23

Box 32, Folder 3

"The Piero della Francesca Trail," undated

Box 32, Folder 4

"Giovanni Pisano," undated

Box 32, Folder 5

"The Study of Italian Plaquettes," 1985

Box 32, Folder 6

"Italian Primitives in the Fitzwilliam Museum," undated

Box 32, Folder 7

"The Humanist Portrait Bust," 1955

Box 32, Folder 8

"Some Aspects of Religious Art," undated

Box 32, Folder 9

"The Late Style of Andrea della Robbia," undated

Box 32, Folder 10

"Luca della Robbia," undated

Box 32, Folder 11

"Riccio and the Bronze Statuette," undated

Box 32, Folder 12

"Rossellino, Verrocchio and the Humanist Tomb," undated

Box 32, Folder 13

"Jacopo Sansovino," undated

Box 32, Folder 14

"Sassetta," 1955

Box 32, Folder 15

"The Iconography of Sir Walter Scott," undated

Box 33, Folder 1

"Sienese Painting and Sculpture in the 15th Century," 1950-1951

Box 33, Folder 2

"Sienese Quattrocento Painting," 1955

Box 33, Folder 3

"Sienese Quattrocento Sculpture," undated

Box 33, Folder 4

"The Study of Quattrocento Sculpture," undated

Box 33, Folder 5-6

"Getting at Titian," June 1990

Box 34, Folder 1

"The Victoria and Albert Museum," circa 1974

Box 34, Folder 2

"Treasures of the Victoria and Albert Museum," undated

Box 34, Folder 3

"Italian Gothic Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum," circa 1950

Box 34, Folder 4

"Sculpture Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum," undated

Box 34, Folder 5

"The Making of a Catalogue (Victoria and Albert Museum)," undated

Box 34, Folder 6

"Writing on Art," undated

 

Unidentified, undated

Box 34, Folder 7

"Art History as the Reconstruction of the Creative Process"

Scope and Content Note

Manila envelope only.
Box 34, Folder 8

Skowhegan lecture?

 

Notes, 1932-1992, undated

Box 34, Folder 9

Botticelli, undated

Box 34, Folder 10

Donatello, circa 1990

Box 34, Folder 11

Matteo di Giovanni, circa 1949

Box 34, Folder 12

Martelli Mirror, undated

Box 35, Folder 1-2

Giovanni di Paolo, circa 1937

Box 35, Folder 3-4

Sienese art, 1940-1951

Box 35, Folder 5

Yates Thompson Codex, circa 1947

Scope and Content Note

Related to Dante's Divine Comedy.
 

Miscellaneous, 1932-1992

Box 35, Folder 6

Annotated catalogs, 1932, undated

Box 36

Papers, 1941-1992

Box 45, Folder 4

Color photograph, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Print of Raphael's painting, The Spinola Madonna, pulled from box 36, folder 6.
Box 37-38

Notebooks, undated

 

Series III. Professional consultations, 1944-1994

Physical Description: 5.0 linear feet (9 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

The material in Series III pertains to Pope-Hennessy's professional consultations, mostly related to Italian sculpture and Sienese painting. The majority of files contain correspondence from art collectors, dealers, institutions, and galleries asking for professional advice on works of art, such as attributions, states of conservation, and collecting. Included with these papers are a number of photographs, slides, and transparencies of works of art.

Arrangement note

Organized by medium; original order has been retained.
 

Sculpture, 1949-1994

 

A-Z,

 

1967

Box 40, Folder 5-6

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 45, Folder 14

Papers, color photographs, and transparencies

 

1981-1993

Box 39-40

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 45, Folder 5-13

Papers, color photographs, slides, and transparencies

Box 47, Folder 1

12"x16" black-and-white photographs

Scope and Content Note

Prints of Daphnis and Chloe.
 

Norton Simon Museum, 1970

Box 41, Folder 1-2

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 47, Folder 2-3

Papers and 11"x14" black-and-white photographs

 

Dealers and vendors, 1948-1993

Box 41-42

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 46, Folder 1-4

Papers, color photographs, slides, and transparencies

Box 47, Folder 4

Papers and 10"x12" black-and-white photograph

 

Various, 1949-1994

Box 43

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 46, Folder 1-8

Papers, color photographs, slides, and transparencies

 

Painting, 1944-1994

Box 44, Folder 1-5

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 46, Folder 1-14

Papers, color photographs, slides, and transparencies

 

Sculpture and painting, 1971-1972

Box 44, Folder 6-7

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 46, Folder 15-16

Color photographs and transparencies

 

Series IV. Museum files, 1946-1987

Physical Description: 15.5 linear feet (34 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)

Scope and Content Note

The files in Series IV contain papers from Pope-Hennessy's position as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1967-1973 and of the British Museum from 1974-1976; and as Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and art history professor at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts from 1977-1986. The majority of the files contain correspondence with major museums in Europe and North America, art historians, dealers, and auction houses. Some folders include copies of responses from Pope-Hennessy, as well as photographs, ephemera, notes, and clippings.

Arrangement note

Files for both the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum were originally combined together. Pope-Hennessy's teaching files for the Institute of Fine Arts are filed under the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Original alphabetical order has been retained. Files were arranged alphabetically by geographical location or by name of person, institution, gallery, organization, or publication.
 

Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum, 1946-1978

Scope and Content Note

Original order has been retained, with files from both institutions combined.
Box 48, Folder 1-2

A, 1957-1976

Box 48, Folder 2

The American Philosophical Society, 1974-1976

Box 48, Folder 3

The Art Bulletin, 1955-1959

Box 48, Folder 4

Art News, 1953-1976

Box 48, Folder 5

The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1971-1972

Box 48, Folder 6-6A

Association of First Division Civil Servants, 1953-1974

Box 48, Folder 7

Australia, 1959-1975

Box 48, Folder 8

Austria, 1947-1976

Box 49, Folder 1-2

B, 1956-1976

Box 49, Folder 3

Baltimore, 1965-1974

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from The Johns Hopkins University and The Walters Art Gallery.
Box 49, Folder 4

Belgium, 1947-1975

Box 49, Folder 5

Boston, 1946-1976

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts.
Box 49, Folder 6

The British Academy, 1972-1977

Scope and Content Note

Papers related to the illuminated Hebrew manuscripts committee.
Box 49, Folder 7

Bulgaria, 1968-1976

Box 49, Folder 8-10

C, 1947-1976

Box 50, Folder 1

University of California, 1958-1973

Box 50, Folder 2

Cambridge, 1948-1976

Box 50, Folder 3

Chicago, 1949-1973

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago, Department of Art.
Box 50, Folder 4

China, 1973, 1975

Box 50, Folder 5

Christie's, 1949-1976

Box 50, Folder 6

Winston Churchill Memorial Statue, 1970-1975

Box 50, Folder 7

Clark, Kenneth, 1953-1975

Box 50, Folder 8

Cleveland Museum of Art, 1955-1976

Box 50, Folder 9

CIHA (Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art), 1961-1975

Box 50, Folder 10

The Earl of Crawford, 1965-1976

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence from David Lindsay.
Box 50, Folder 11

Cuba, 1971

Box 50, Folder 12

D, 1953-1976

Box 50, Folder 13

Denmark, 1947-1976

Box 50, Folder 14

The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1946-1976

Box 51, Folder 1

E, 1969-1976

Box 50, Folder 2-4

The European-American Assembly on Art Museums, 1974-1976

Box 50, Folder 5

F, 1959-1976

Box 50, Folder 6

Finland, 1971, 1974

Box 50, Folder 7

Fleming, John, 1953-1976

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Fleming, Pope-Hennessy and Hugh Honour.
Box 52

Florence, Italy, 1947-1976

Box 53, Folder 1-2

France, 1954-1976

Box 53, Folder 3

G, 1958-1976

 

Germany, 1950-1976

Box 53, Folder 4-5

A-O, 1952-1976

Box 54, Folder 1

P-Z, 1950-1975

Box 54, Folder 2

Germany (Pantheon International Art Journal), 1959-1977

Box 54, Folder 3

Ghana, 1971

Box 54, Folder 4

Greece, 1964, 1972

Box 54, Folder 5

H, 1954-1978

Box 54, Folder 6

Hamilton (McMaster University), 1973-1974

Box 54, Folder 7

Hartford (Wadsworth Museum), 1956-1976

Box 54, Folder 8

Harvard University (Fogg Museum of Art), 1951-1976

Box 50, Folder 7

Honour, Hugh, 1953-1976

Scope and Content Note

See John Fleming file (box 50, folder 7).
Box 54, Folder 9

Hungary, 1948, 1961-1974

Box 54, Folder 10

I, 1953-1975

Box 54, Folder 11

India, 1969-1971

Box 54, Folder 12

Indiana University, 1957-1968

 

Italian Art and Archives Rescue Fund, 1966-1967

Box 55

Papers

Box 56, Folder 1-2

Photographs,

Box 56, Folder 3-6

Italy, 1947-1976

Box 57, Folder 1

J, 1958-1974

Box 57, Folder 2

Japan, 1967-1976

 

K, 1960-1976

Box 57, Folder 3

Papers, 1960-1976

Box 81

Color slides, 1971, 1973

Box 57, Folder 4

Kansas City, 1956-1975

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and The University of Kansas Museum of Art.
Box 57, Folder 5

L, 1958-1975

Box 57, Folder 6

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), 1949-1972

Box 57, Folder 7

Louisville, 1949-1974

Box 57, Folder 8-9

M, 1946-1976

Box 58, Folder 1

Mac-Mc, 1961-1976

Box 58, Folder 2

McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1958-1969

Box 58, Folder 3

Madison, 1969, 1972

Box 58, Folder 4

Malta, June 1969

Box 58, Folder 5

Milwaukee, 1964-1965

Box 58, Folder 6

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1958-1973

Box 58, Folder 7

Monaco, 1974-1975

Box 58, Folder 8

Mongolia, 1970

Box 58, Folder 9

Montreal, 1954-1972

Box 58, Folder 10

Munman, Robert, 1967-1975

Box 58, Folder 11

N, 1948-1976

Scope and Content Note

Also contains New York papers.
Box 58, Folder 12

Netherlands, 1948-1976

Box 58, Folder 13

New Haven (Yale University), 1953-1976

 

New York, 1947-1976

Scope and Content Note

See also box 58, folder 11.
Box 58, Folder 14

Various, 1957-1973

Box 58, Folder 15

City University of New York, 1974

Box 58, Folder 16

Columbia University, 1961-1976

Box 59, Folder 1

The Frick Collection, 1949-1975

Box 59, Folder 2-4

The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1947-1976

Box 59, Folder 5-6

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1949-1976

Box 60, Folder 1

The Museum of Modern Art, 1968-1971

Box 60, Folder 2

RIdIM (Repertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale), 1972-1975

Box 60, Folder 3

Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1957-1972

Box 60, Folder 4

Vassar College, 1951-1974

Box 60, Folder 5

New Zealand, 1956-1972

Box 60, Folder 6

North Carolina (The North Carolina Museum of Art), 1956-1968

Box 60, Folder 7

Northampton (Smith College), 1953-1967

Box 60, Folder 8

Norton Simon Museum of Art, 1971-1976

Box 60, Folder 9

O, 1956-1972

Box 60, Folder 10

Ottawa (National Gallery of Canada), 1948-1976

Box 60, Folder 11-12

P-Q, 1946-1976

Box 61, Folder 1

Personal, 1954-1972

Box 61, Folder 2

Philadelphia, 1953-1976

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from The University Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Box 61, Folder 3-4

Poland, 1964-1975

Box 61, Folder 5

Portugal, 1954-1970

Box 61, Folder 6

Prague, 1963-1975

Box 61, Folder 7

Press clippings, 1963-1971

Box 61, Folder 8

Princeton, 1955-1975

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers from The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University.
 

Providence, 1953-1974

Box 61, Folder 9

Brown University, 1958-1971

Box 61, Folder 10

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 1953-1974

Box 62, Folder 1-3

R, 1952- 1976

Box 62, Folder 4

Richmond (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), 1959-1970

Box 62, Folder 5

Romania, 1971-1972

Box 62, Folder 6-7

Rome, 1951-1976

Box 62, Folder 8

Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc., 1959-1971

Box 63

Royal Opera House, 1970-1976

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and sub-committee papers.
Box 64, Folder 1

Royal Society of Canada, 1974-1976

Box 64, Folder 2-6

Russia, 1958-1976

Box 64, Folder 7-10

S, 1947-1976

Box 64, Folder 11-12

St. Louis, Missouri, 1958-1967

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers related to the City Art Museum of St. Louis and Washington University.
Box 64, Folder 13

San Francisco (M.H. de Young Memorial Museum), 1957-1976

Box 64, Folder 14

San Marino (Huntington Library and Art Gallery), 1957-1969

Box 64, Folder 15

Sarasota (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art), 1958-1967

Box 65, Folder 1

Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., 1956-1973

Box 65, Folder 2

Slade Professorship of Fine Art, 1956-1976

Box 65, Folder 3

South Africa, 1974, 1976

Box 65, Folder 4

South America, 1957-1976

Box 65, Folder 5

Spain, 1950-1976

Box 65, Folder 6

Stanford University, 1964-1968

 

Sweden, 1949-1976

Box 65, Folder 7

Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1949-1976

Box 81

Color photographs, circa 1970

Flatfile 1**

Bildbroderier fran Mesopotamien poster, 1970

Box 65, Folder 8

Switzerland, 1947-1975

Box 65, Folder 9

T, 1956-1976

Box 65, Folder 10

Texas, 1968-1974

Box 65, Folder 11

Toledo Museum of Art, 1953-1976

Box 65, Folder 12-14

Toronto, 1961-1974

Box 66, Folder 1

Tufts University, 1967

Box 66, Folder 2

Turkey, 1968

Box 66, Folder 3

U-V, 1958-1976

 

Venice, 1953-1976

Box 66, Folder 4

Correspondence: A-Z, 1953-1971

Box 66, Folder 5

British Institute in Venice, 1972-1976

 

Venice in Peril Fund, 1969-1976

Box 67-68

Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1969-1976

Box 81

Color photograph, June 1975

Box 66, Folder 6-7

Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973-1975

Box 66, Folder 8-10

W-Z, 1962-1976

Box 69, Folder 1

Walker, John, 1970-1976

Scope and Content Note

For additional National Gallery of Art papers, see also Washington, D.C. file (box 69, folder 3-4).
Box 69, Folder 2

Washington (University of Washington), 1961-1962

 

Washington D.C., 1946-1976

Box 69, Folder 3-4

Papers

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers related to the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution.
Box 81

Transparency

Scope and Content Note

Part of National Gallery of Art papers in box 69, folder 3.
Box 69, Folder 5

Wildenstein & Co. Inc., 1962-1972

Box 69, Folder 7-8

Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962-1976

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers related to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Williams College.
Box 69, Folder 6

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1962-1973

Box 69, Folder 9

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1960-1970

Box 69, Folder 10

Worcester Art Museum, 1958-1972

Box 69, Folder 11

Wrightsman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles, circa 1967-1969

Box 69, Folder 12

Yugoslavia, 1971 November 30

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1946-1987

Scope and Content Note

Also contains papers related to Pope-Hennessy's professorship at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
 

Business correspondence, 1946-1987

Box 70, Folder 1-2

A, 1956-1975

Box 70, Folder 3

Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd., 1958-1973

Box 70, Folder 4

The American Museum in Britain, 1968-1974

Box 70, Folder 5

Apollo Magazine Limited, 1960-1976

Box 70, Folder 6

The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1973, 1975

Box 70, Folder 7

The Art Workers Guild, 1972

Box 70, Folder 8

Association of Art Historians, 1975-1976

Box 70, Folder 9

Ba-Bl, 1947-1976

Box 70, Folder 10

The British Academy, 1967-1976

Box 70, Folder 11

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), 1964

Box 70, Folder 12

The British Council, 1958-1971

Box 70, Folder 13

The British Museum Society, 1967-1976

Box 70, Folder 14

The Burlington Magazine, 1947-1976

Box 70, Folder 15-17

Courtauld Institute, 1946-1975

Box 71, Folder 1

D, 1955-1976

Box 71, Folder 2

Department of Education and Science, 1971-1972

Box 71, Folder 3

E, 1954-1976

Box 71, Folder 4

F, 1952-1976

Box 71, Folder 5

G, 1951-1976

Box 71, Folder 6-7

H, 1951-1976

Box 71, Folder 8

Heim Gallery, 1966-1976

 

Institute of Fine Arts (New York University), 1978-1986

Scope and Content Note

For more Institute of Fine Arts papers, see box 79-80.
Box 71, Folder 9-10

A-M

Box 72, Folder 1

N-Z

 

Italy, 1947-1975

Box 72, Folder 2

O-Q, 1947-1973

Box 72, Folder 3

R-Z, 1948-1975

Box 72, Folder 4

N, 1964-1976

Box 72, Folder 5

National Art Collections Fund, 1959-1974

Box 72, Folder 6

The National Trust, 1967-1973

Box 72, Folder 7

O, 1954-1976

Box 72, Folder 8

The Oratory, 1968-1969

Box 72, Folder 9

Oxford, 1946-1978

Box 72, Folder 10

T, 1961-1975

 

Miscellaneous, 1978-1987

Box 72, Folder 11-12

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Scope and Content Note

Unlabeled folders with various business correspondence. Some may possibly be personal correspondence.
Box 81

Color photographs and transparencies

 

Personal correspondence, 1976-1986

Box 73, Folder 1

A-B, 1976-1986

Box 73, Folder 2

C, 1979-1986

 

D-G, 1978-1986

Box 73, Folder 3

Papers

Box 81

Color photographs

Box 73, Folder 4

H-J, 1977-1986

Box 74, Folder 1

K-L, 1977-1986

Box 74, Folder 2

M-N, 1977-1986

Box 74, Folder 3

O-R, 1977-1986

 

S-T, 1977-1986

Box 74, Folder 4

Papers

Box 81

Color photograph

Box 74, Folder 5

U-W, 1979-1986

 

Copies of Pope-Hennessy's correspondence, 1978-1986

Box 75, Folder 1

1978

Box 75, Folder 2-4

1979

Box 75, Folder 5-6

1980

Box 75, Folder 7-8

1981

Box 76, Folder 1-4

1982

Box 75, Folder 5-8

1983

Box 75, Folder 9-11

1984

Box 77, Folder 1-4

1985

Box 77, Folder 5-6

1986

 

Letters of recommendation, 1977-1986

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically.
Box 78, Folder 1-2

Personal, 1977-1986

Box 78, Folder 3-4

Professional, 1979-1986

 

New York University: Institute of Fine Arts, 1959-1985

Scope and Content Note

See also box 71-72 for more correspondence.
Box 79, Folder 1-2

Memos and correspondence, 1959-1983

Box 79, Folder 3-4

Academic correspondence, 1967-1985

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters of recommendation.
Box 79, Folder 5-6

Museum training, 1977-1980

Box 80, Folder 1-3

Seminar data and notes, 1978-1987

Box 80, Folder 4

Fellowship program, 1984-1985

Box 80, Folder 5-7

Lectures, 1977-1987

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence.
Box 80, Folder 8

Invitations, 1986

 

Series V. Study photographs, 1930-1994

Physical Description: 36.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series comprises a large section of the archive and contains Pope-Hennessy's study photographs, primarily of Italian sculpture and Sienese painting. Also included are photographs of paintings and drawings of Raphael and Fra Angelico that were used for his publications. Other study photographs include Italian, German, and Dutch paintings, Renaissance portraits, and images from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The bulk of these photographs are black-and-white prints but also included are color prints, slides, transparencies, negatives, and Polaroids. Some files include a small number of papers such as postcards, clippings, and correspondence.

Arrangement note

Arranged by medium; original order has been retained.
 

Sculpture, 1933-1993

Scope and Content Note

The majority of files are organized alphabetically by artist including Agostino di Duccio, Benvenuto Cellini, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Luca della Robbia and Verrocchio. Some files are organized by topic such as "Bronze," "Forgeries," "Ivory," and "Naples." Miscellaneous photographs and images from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are filed at the end.
Box 82-83, 109-110

A, undated

Box 83-85, 103, 108

B, 1948-1989

Box 85-85A, 103, 109, 112*

C, 1959-1990

Box 85A, 86-87, 103, 109

D, 1969-1987, undated

Box 87, 104

F, 1969-1970, undated

Box 87, 109

G, undated

Box 88

I, 1977

Box 88

L, 1938-1971

Box 88-90, 105, 109

M, 1937-1993

Box 90

N, undated

Box 90

O, undated

Box 90-91, 105

P, 1946, 1963, undated

Box 91, 105

Q, undated

Box 92-95, 105, 109

R, 1939, 1970-1975, undated

Box 95-96, 105

S, 1961-1985, undated

Box 97, 105

T, 1937-1964, undated

Box 97, 105

U, undated

Box 97, 106, 109-110

V, 1937-1966, undated

Box 98-102, 106-110, 111*-112*

Miscellaneous, 1933-1990

 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1971, undated

Box 133

Florentine sculpture

Box 133

Venetian sculpture

 

Painting and drawing, 1930-1994

 

Sienese painting, 1931-1993

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of paintings by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Lippo Memmi, Giovanni di Paolo and Matteo di Giovanni.
Box 113, 119

B, undated

Box 113, 119, 139

C, 1937, 1950, undated

Box 112*, 113, 119

D, undated

Box 113, 119

F, 1944-1955, undated

Box 114, 119, 136, 139

G, 1938-1993

Box 115, 119

L, 1987, undated

Box 115, 119

M, 1931-1937, 1961, undated

Box 116, 119, 136

N, 1943, undated

Box 116, 119

P, 1968-1981 undated

Box 117, 119

S, 1949-1980

Box 117

T, undated

Box 117, 119

V, 1937, undated

Box 112*, 118-119

14th and 15th century, 1931-1990

 

Other schools, 1930-1993

Scope and Content Note

Contains study photographs of paintings other than Sienese, and study photographs of drawings. Includes Botticelli, Domenichino, Leonardo da Vinci, Masaccio, and Paolo Uccello.
Box 120, 124, 139

B, 1953, 1986, undated

Box 120

C, 1933-1949, undated

Box 121, 124, 139

D, 1939-1990

Box 121, 139

E, undated

Box 121, 139

F, undated

Box 121, 124

G, 1930, undated

Box 122

J, undated

Box 122, 139

L, undated

Box 122, 124

M, 1974, 1980, undated

Box 112*, 122

N, circa 1939, undated

Box 122, 124

O, 1941-1984

Box 122, 124, 139

P, 1930, 1989-1993, undated

Box 123

R, undated

Box 123

S, undated

Box 123, 139

T, 1939, undated

Box 123-124, 139

U, 1949, 1968, undated

Box 123-124

V, 1971-1974, undated

Box 123

Z, undated

Box 125-127, 139

Raphael, 1946-1971, undated

Box 127-129, 139

Fra Angelico, 1939-1988, undated

Box 130-132, 135, 138

Renaissance portraits, 1936-1976, undated

Box 133

Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, 1973-1981

Box 134-139

Miscellaneous, 1934, 1982-1994, undated

 

Series VI. Personal papers, 1913-1995

Physical Description: 3.0 linear feet (5 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series VI contains a small number of Pope-Hennessy's personal papers from his childhood and adult years. Included are personal identification documents such as his birth certificate and passports from 1945 to 1995. The yearly pocket agendas from 1946 to 1994 included in this series map his personal, professional, and cultural life. Also in this section are papers and photographs related to his personal art collection.

Arrangement note

Arranged by subject or item type.
Box 140-141

Birth certificates and childhood papers, 1913-1974

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of his birth certificate, birth announcements, and a play written by Pope-Hennessy as a child.
Box 140, Folder 3

Diary, 1987

Box 140, Folder 4

Childhood reminiscence, 1955, 1981, undated

 

Biographical information, 1974-1991

Box 140, Folder 5

Papers, 1974-1991

Box 139

Color photographs, 1989

Box 140-141

Employment, 1973-1976

Box 140, Folder 7-8

Passports, 1945-1994

Box 140, Folder 9

Travel and immigration, 1973-1974

Box 141, Folder 3

Insurance policy, 1971

Box 140-141

Financial, 1953-1976

Box 140-141

Obituaries, 1994-1995

Scope and Content Note

Includes a copy of Pope-Hennessy's funeral program.
Box 140-141

Miscellaneous, 1973, 1975, 1993, undated

 

Pope-Hennessy's art collection, 1962-1994

Scope and Content Note

Includes receipts, black-and-white photographs, clippings and object lists.
Box 142, Folder 1-5

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 139

Color photographs and transparencies

Box 142, Folder 6-7

Address book, 1965-1987

Box 143-144

Agendas, 1946-1994

 

Series VII. Pope-Hennessy family papers, 1617-1995

Physical Description: 41.0 linear feet (75 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)

Scope and Content Note

The family papers form a large portion of the archive and document Pope-Hennessy's family, including his father, Ladislas Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy (1875-1942), his mother, Dame Una Constance (née Birch) Pope-Hennessy (1876-1949), his brother, James Pope-Hennessy (1916-1974), and his grandfather, Sir John Pope-Hennessy (1834-1891). Included are family letters, mostly from Una and James, revealing their intellectual relationship with Pope-Hennessy. This section also includes manuscripts of published and unpublished works by his mother and brother. Another notable part of this section is correspondence from members of their social circle including Bertrand Russell, Logan Pearsall Smith, and Cecil Beaton. Additionally, Ladilas's papers contain material related to his military work as major-general as well as his political involvement with the Irish Dominion. A small number of papers belonging to Pope-Hennessy's grandfather also concern political matters and his colonial service as governor. Other family papers include clippings, notes, and personal items such as birth certificates, agendas, and passports.

Arrangement note

Arranged by family member.
 

Pope-Hennessy, Una, circa 1886-1949

Scope and Content Note

John Pope-Hennessy's mother, Una, was a productive author of historical and biographical studies whose published works include Early Chinese Jades (1923), Agnes Strickland (1940), and Charles Dickens (1945). She socialized with the cultural elite such as W.B. Yeats and Bertrand Russell and was actively involved in political matters including the Irish Dominion. Una was also a member of the Central Prisoners of War Committee where she provided aid for British prisoners of war in Germany. Una was awarded the honor of Dame of the British Empire (DBE) for her work in the committee.
 

Correspondence, circa 1886-1949

 

Family letters, circa 1886-1949

Scope and Content Note

Letters written by Una to her family.
Box 145-146

Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1909-1929

Scope and Content Note

Also includes letters from Una's husband.
Box 146-147

Pope-Hennessy, John, 1914-1949

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a small number of letters to James Pope-Hennessy and others.
Box 147-148

Pope-Hennessy, James, 1933-1949

Box 149, Folder 1-3

Birch family, circa 1886-1932

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters written by Una as a child and correspondence from her family. Includes black-and-white photographs of war hero Julian Watts-Russell as well as his handkerchief.
Box 149, Folder 4-6

Elliot, Arthur, 1906-1922

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from the Honorable Arthur Elliot. Also includes a small number of letters from Hugh Elliot.
Box 150, Folder 1-4

Prichard, M.S., 1923-1935

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters from Prichard to Una as well as transcripts of correspondence to Isabella Stewart Gardner. Also includes six engraved prints and Prichard's manuscripts: "Love & Creation," "Northern Spain," and other works.
Box 150, Folder 5

Russell, Bertrand, 1904-1921

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Russell, with photocopies of Una's letters to him.
 

Various, 1902-1949

Box 151

From Una, circa 1902

Box 151-152

To Una, 1902-1949, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy. Includes correspondence from Lady Gregory, Rose Macaulay, Logan Pearsall Smith, Oliver Wendell Holmes, W. Hale White (Mark Rutherford), and W.B. Yeats. Box 152 contains photocopies of various correspondence from the New York Public Library made in 1988.
Box 152-153

Documents and personal papers, 1902-1949

Scope and Content Note

Includes marriage certificate, will, and passport. Also contains miscellaneous items such as notes, address book, and invitations.
Box 152-153

Clippings, 1914-1939

Scope and Content Note

Contains articles referring to the Pope-Hennessy and Birch families as well as an album of clippings of articles written by Ladislas Pope-Hennessy. For more articles related to the family, see also boxes 159-160.
Box 153, Folder 7

Published articles, 1910-1949

Scope and Content Note

Written by Una.
 

Manuscripts, 1832-1949

Scope and Content Note

Contains both published and unpublished works by Una.
 

Titles, circa 1904-1949

Scope and Content Note

Also includes untitled works.
Box 154, Folder 1

"Butterflies Near Berlin"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Grosvenor Place"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Mrs. Huth Jackson"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Sediment"

Box 154, Folder 1

"On Being Reviewed"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Fragment of Russian Diary"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Chronicles of the Wiseman Dining Society"

Box 154, Folder 1

"American Folklore"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Incense"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Two Convents"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Invalids"

Box 154, Folder 1

"My Origin"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Looking Back"

Box 154, Folder 1

"Lady Gregory and Yeats"

Box 154, Folder 2

"Sisters Royal"

Box 154, Folder 3-5

"Lamartine"

Box 155, Folder 1

"In Search of Madame Roland"

Box 155, Folder 1

"Marat in Newcastle"

Box 155, Folder 1

"The Grand Duchess Catherine of Russia"

Box 155, Folder 1

"Magician's Grave"

Box 155, Folder 1

"London Cemeteries"

Box 155, Folder 1

"Thirteen Letters from Pamela in Portugal"

Box 155, Folder 1

"Monody"

Box 155, Folder 1

"Not in Westminster Abby"

Box 155, Folder 2

"The Crazy Circle"

Box 155, Folder 3

Untitled ("My dear...")

Box 155, Folder 4

"The Riddle of English Life"

Box 155, Folder 5

"Charles Dickens at Home"

Box 155, Folder 6

"Mrs. Green"

Box 155, Folder 6

"Roger Casement"

Box 156, Folder 1

"The Vicious Circle"

Box 156, Folder 1

"Savings"

Box 156, Folder 1

"Christmas Eve"

Box 156, Folder 1

"The Welcome"

Box 156, Folder 1

"A Page of Irish History"

Box 156, Folder 1

"Major Thomas Hamilton"

Box 156, Folder 1

"Captain Marryatt"

Box 152, 156

"Mrs. Basil Hall"

Box 156, Folder 4

"Easter in Portugal"

Box 156, Folder 5

"Days in Leningrad"

Box 157, Folder 1

"Regeneration"

 

Notes, research, and clippings, 1832-1949

Box 157, Folder 2-3

Papers, 1832-1939

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters relating to Agnes Strickland.
Box 157-159

Notebooks, circa 1927-1945

Box 159-160

Press clippings, 1904-1949

Scope and Content Note

Contains mostly reviews for Una's publications but also includes a small number of clippings related to the Pope-Hennessy family.
 

Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1887-1942, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Ladislas Pope-Hennessy was John's father and served as a major-general in the military. Politically, he was a member of the British Liberal Party and along with his wife, Una, supported the Irish Dominion. Ladislas published articles for both the military and on his political interests.
 

Correspondence, 1887-1929, 1941-1942

 

Family letters, circa 1887-1929

Box 161, Folder 1-2

Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1914-1929

Scope and Content Note

Letters by Ladislas to his wife.
Box 161, Folder 3

Pope-Hennessy, Sir John and Thackwell, Catherine, circa 1887-1897

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Ladislas's father and mother. Catherine Thackwell was also known as Lady Pope-Hennessy (first marriage) or Catherine Elizabeth Low (maiden name, daughter of Sir Hugh Low). Her second marriage was to Edward Francis Thackwell.
Box 161, Folder 4

Birch, Sir Arthur, circa 1910

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy's father.
 

Various, 1887-1929, 1941-1942

Box 161, Folder 5

To Ladislas, 1887-1929, 1941-1942

Box 161, Folder 6

From Ladislas, 1912-1928

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter to Arthur Elliot.
Box 161, Folder 7-8

Clippings, 1912, 1930-1942

Scope and Content Note

Publications and clippings about Ladislas. For clippings of articles written by Ladislas, see box 153.
Box 161-162

Documents and personal papers, 1919-1940, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Contains diaries, notes and personal documents including his birth certificate. Also includes a 1985 letter to John Pope-Hennessy from the Royal Military Academy regarding his father's papers. Also contains correspondence and papers from the Field Museum of Natural History.
Box 162-163

The Irish Dominion, 1917-1926

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, pamphlets, publications, clippings, and business papers.
 

Pope-Hennessy, Sir John, 1617-1994

Scope and Content Note

John Pope-Hennessy's grandfather and namesake, Sir John was born in Cork, Ireland and eventually moved to London and worked in colonial service. He became governor of several territories including Labuan, Bahamas, Barbados, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. Known for being a progressive and liberal governor, streets were named after Sir John and a statue of him was built in Mauritius.
 

Correspondence, 1779, 1841-1910

Box 164, Folder 1

Family letters, 1853-1865

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters from Sir John to his parents and relatives.
 

Various, 1779, 1841-1910

Box 164, Folder 2

To Sir John, 1779, 1841-1910

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters to Sir John from Leigh Hunt, Matthew Arnold, and Princess Mathilde. Also contains unidentified papers and correspondence that is not to/from Sir John.
Box 164, Folder 3

From Sir John, 1881-1891

Box 165, Folder 1-4

Newton, Sir William, 1883-1889

 

Personal papers, clippings, and government documents, 1617, 1708, 1816, 1845-1891

Box 165-167

General papers

Box 217*-219*

Governor certificates

Flatfile 2**

Oversize documents

Box 166

Papers and publications on Sir John Pope-Hennessy, 1894-1912, 1960, 1974, 1992-1994

Box 166

Research papers on Sir Hugh Low, 1897, 1952-1968

 

Pope-Hennessy, James, 1919-1995

Scope and Content Note

John Pope-Hennessy's younger brother, James, was strongly influenced by his mother and also became a published author and historian. He is best known for the biography, Queen Mary (1959) as well as other works including Monckton Milnes; The Years of Promise, 1809-1851 (1949), Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807 (1967), and Anthony Trollope (1971). In 1974, James was murdered in his London home at the age of 58.
 

Correspondence, 1919-1975, 1993, 1995

 

Family letters, 1919-1972

 

Pope-Hennessy, John, 1935-1972

Scope and Content Note

Letters from James; organized by location (original order has been retained).
Box 168, Folder 1

Austria, 1958

Box 168, Folder 2

Château de Maillebois, 1950s-1960s

Box 168, Folder 3

Dominica, 1952-1953

Box 168, Folder 4

Hagnau, 1960-1961

Box 168, Folder 5

Hong Kong, 1967

Box 168, Folder 6

Ireland, 1962-1971

Box 168, Folder 7

Italy, 1951-1959

Box 168, Folder 8

London, 1955-1971

Box 168, Folder 9

Mauritius and Labuan, 1960-1963

Box 168, Folder 10

Scandinavia, Holland, etc., 1950-1966

Box 168, Folder 11

Schonberg-in-dem-Taunus, 1953-1961

Box 168, Folder 12

Scotland, 1971

Box 168, Folder 13

USA, Jamaica, Barbados, and Fiji, 1965-1974

Box 168, Folder 14-16

West Africa, 1950-1966

Box 169-170

Miscellaneous, 1935-1972

Box 171, Folder 1-10

Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1929-1949

Scope and Content Note

Letters to James's mother. Also contains a small number of letters from Una.
Box 171, Folder 11

Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1919-1939

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from James's father.
 

Adams, Len, 1949-1973, 1995

Box 172, Folder 1-2

To James Pope-Hennessy, 1949-1973

Box 172, Folder 3-4

From James Pope-Hennessy, 1949-1972

Box 172, Folder 5

Mrs. Walter de Janzé Hayden (Paola), 1952-1956, 1995

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence from de Janze Hayden to Len Adams. Also includes a small number of letters from James Pope-Hennessy to de Janze Hayden.
 

Beaton, Cecil, 1941-1965

Box 173, Folder 1

To James Pope-Hennessy, 1941-1965

Box 173, Folder 2

From James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1974

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of letters to Beaton.
Box 173, Folder 3

Cholmondeley, Lady John (Christina), 1963-1971

Box 173, Folder 4-6

Churchill, Clarissa (Countess of Avon), 1938-1963

Box 174, Folder 1

Colston-Baynes, Dorothy, 1937-1962

Box 174, Folder 2

Crawfurd, Diana, 1962-1965

Box 174, Folder 3-4

Lady Crewe, 1951-1963

Box 174, Folder 5

Curtiss, Mina, 1972

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence from James Pope-Hennessy.
Box 174, Folder 6

Gandron, Maurice T., 1947-1957

Box 174, Folder 7-8

Janzé, Nolwen de (Lady Clark), 1945-1970

Box 175, Folder 1-2

Lascelles, Sir Alan ("Tommy"), 1943-1967

Box 175, Folder 3

Lees-Milne, James and Avilde, 1940-1962

Box 175, Folder 4

Madigan, Leo, 1951-1973

Box 175, Folder 5-6

Moore, Joan (Countess of Drogheda), 1948-1967

Box 176, Folder 1

Nicolson, Harold, 1936-1964

Box 176, Folder 2

Nicolson, Nigel, 1936-1973

Box 176, Folder 3

Noailles, Marie-Laure de, 1950-1952

Box 176, Folder 4-5

Paget, Lady Victor (Bridget), 1943-1971

Box 177, Folder 1

Parsons, Lady Bridget, 1952-1961

Box 177, Folder 2

Paul, 1939, 1955

Scope and Content Note

Last name is unknown. Contains letters written by James Pope-Hennessy from Trinidad.
Box 177, Folder 3

Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1943-1944

Box 177, Folder 4

Sackville-West, Vita, 1938-1959

Box 177, Folder 5

Sitwell, Edith, 1948, 1955

Box 177, Folder 6

Treloar, A., 1933-1939

 

Vinson, Billy, 1945-1974

Box 177, Folder 7

To James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1974

Box 177, Folder 8-10

From James Pope-Hennessy, 1945-1946

Box 178-180, 215

Waterfield, Kitty, 1950-1972; 1993

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Una Pope-Hennessy's secretary and wife of Gordon Waterfield. One letter from Waterfield's daughter in 1993 indicates that these letters were given to John. Also includes a small number of letters from Kitty Waterfield.
Box 181

Wignall, Anne, 1948-1973

 

Miscellaneous, 1937-1974

Scope and Content Note

Includes business correspondence related to his publications.
Box 182, Folder 1

From James Pope-Hennessy, 1951-1968

 

To James Pope-Hennessy, 1937-1974

 

By topic, 1949, 1958-1960

Box 182, Folder 2

Encouragement, 1958-1959

Box 182, Folder 3

Una Pope-Hennessy's death, 1949, 1960

Box 182-184, 215

Various, 1937-1974

Box 184-185

Unidentified, 1939-1971

Box 186, 216*

Documents and personal papers, 1924-1976

Scope and Content Note

Includes passports, birth certificate, will, funeral papers, journals, and an address book. Also includes papers and correspondence related to James's estate, the majority of which were sent to and handled by John.
Box 187-188

Agendas, 1945-1974

Box 189-190, 215, 216*

Clippings, 1939-1974, 1981, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Comprised mostly of press clippings about James's publications but also includes his published articles. Also contains obituaries and clippings about James Pope-Hennessy's biography, A Lonely Business.
 

Manuscripts and notes, 1931-1974, 1979

Scope and Content Note

Contains published and unpublished works.
Box 191-192

Anthony Trollope, 1951-1973

Box 192, Folder 4

"The Ashtray," March 1969

Box 192, Folder 5-6

Aspects of Provence, 1947-1949

Box 192, Folder 7

"An Autumn Day with Marmontel," undated

Box 192, Folder 8-9

Clouet and French Portraiture, undated

Box 193, Folder 1

"The Guerdon," undated

Box 193, Folder 2-4

Half Crown Colony: A Historical Profile of Hong Kong, 1967

Box 193, Folder 5

"Hans Holbein," undated

Box 193, Folder 6

"Journey to the City," March 1941

Box 193, Folder 7

"A King's Story," 1964-1965

Box 193, Folder 8

"Lady Salter," undated

Box 193, Folder 9

"A Londoner in Washington," undated

Box 193, Folder 10

"My 55th Birthday in Heriot Row," 1971

Box 193, 215

Nöel Coward, 1973-1974

Box 193, Folder 13

"No. 8 Pelham Place," undated

Box 194-208, 215

Queen Mary, 1867-1953, 1931-1969, 1979

Box 209-210

Monckton Milnes: The Years of Promise, 1809-1851, 1949

Box 193, Folder 14

"St. Mary Le Bow," undated

Box 211-213, 215, 216*

Sins of the Fathers: A Study of the Atlantic Slave Traders, 1441-1807, 1964-1971

Box 214

Verandah: Some Episodes in the Crown Colonies, 1962-1968

Box 193, 215

Fiction manuscripts, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Loosestrife," "The Obsession," "Anything For a Change," and untitled works.
 

Miscellaneous, undated

Box 193, Folder 16-21

General papers

Flatfile 1**

Oversize papers

Scope and Content Note

Papers originally from box 193, folder 17.