Guide to the Collections held by the Tate Gallery Library Archive (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Tate Gallery
Collections held by the Tate Gallery Library Archive (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
17 June 1912 - May 1980
Collection Number
24 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Letters 1953-56 of Grace English regarding the loan of a colour drawing by Ethel Walker for the exhibition British Watercolours 1914-53.

Scrapbook c.1928-31 containing letters, telegram and postcards from the artist Frances Hodgkins to Arthur Howell and L. Harmston.

Records 1951-65 of Artists International Association referring to exhibits by Rachel Roxburgh, Phyllis Waterhouse and James Cant.

Correspondence 1947-56 of Mrs Margaret Nash referring to the loan of Paul Nash's work for an exhibition British Watercolours 1914-53 to tour Australia and New Zealand and the purchase of Nash's paintings by the Felton Bequest Trust for the National Gallery of Victoria.

Letters 1938-44? of Henry Lamb to Arnold Palmer concerning his paintings.

Correspondence and autograph notes 1936-42 of John Rothenstein concerning Charles Conder. Correspondents include William Moore and Sir Arthur Streeton.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Permission to reproduce any part of these papers must be sought from the Tate Gallery Library Archive.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at Tate Gallery Archive, Tate Britain, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reel: M2611). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

In searching the archives of the Tate Gallery the book by Alan McCullough, Encyclopedia of Australian art, Melbourne, Hutchinson of Australia, 1968, was used as a guide to selections.

Existence and Location of Originals

Tate Gallery Archive, Tate Britain, Millbank, London, England. For more information see Tate Gallery Archive catalogue (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Artists; Artists International Association; Australia; Cant, James; Conder, Charles; English, Grace; Felton Bequest Trust; Harmston, L.; Hodgkins, Frances; Howell, Arthur; Great Britain; Lamb, Henry; Moore, William; Nash, Margaret; Nash, Paul; National Gallery of Victoria; Palmer, Arnold; Rothenstein, Sir John; Roxburgh, Rachel; Streeton, Sir Arthur; Walker, Ethel; Waterhouse, Phyllis


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 455, p178.

Biographical / Historical

In 1892 a site at Millbank, Pimlico, beside the River Thames, was chosen for the new National Gallery of British Art, which would be under the directorship of the National Gallery. The Gallery was opened in 1897. In 1908 the art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen funded an extension to the Gallery, which was used to house the paintings of J.M.W. Turner. In 1932 the Gallery was re-named the Tate Gallery after Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899), an industrialist who had provided funding for the Gallery and bequeathed 65 paintings by British nineteenth century artists. The Tate Gallery was formally separated from the National Gallery in 1954.

In 1917 the National Gallery of British Art exhibited 39 modern European paintings which had been acquired, in controversial circumstances, from the Irish collector Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915). The acquisition led the British Government to broaden the Gallery's collecting policy to encompass modern and contemporary works by overseas artists. Pressures of space eventually led to the separation in 2000 of the international modern and contemporary collections to a new gallery in the former Bankside Power Station (Tate Modern). The British collections remained in the Millbank building, which was re-named Tate Britain.

Item Descriptions

Fonds 716. Grace English Collection, November 1953 - January 1956

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Grace English (1891-1956) was a British painter, mainly of still life and landscapes.

4 letters from M.D. Bradsaw of the Empire Art Loan Exhibitions Society to Grace English, November 1953 - January 1956 (File 716.70-74)

Regarding the loan of a colour drawing by Ethel Walker for the exhibition, British watercolours 1914-53 to tour Australia and New Zealand. Includes schedule for the tour and Press reaction. (7p.)

Fonds 724. Alfred Yockney Collection

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

Alfred Yockney was the author of International art past and present (3 vols., c. 1915). The caricaturist Phil May (1864-1903) was born in Yorkshire. He lived in Sydney from 1886 to 1889 and produced over 800 drawings for The Bulletin. His later work mostly appeared in Punch and The Graphic.

Undated notes, some in shorthand, on Phil May by Alfred Yockney (1p.), [nd] (File 724.158)

Fonds 731. Lucy Norton Collection, 4 June 1946

1 item

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Henry Lamb to Philippa Strachey regarding a picture going to a gallery (2p. and envelope), 4 June 1946 (File 731.13)

Fonds 733.1. Stanley Spencer Collection, 6 March 1957 - 7 May 1958

3 items

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Biographical / Historical

Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) was born at Cookham, Berkshire, where he lived for much of his life. He studied at the Slade School of Art and was an official war artist during World War I. An eccentric and at times controversial figure, he often painted religious subjects transposed onto his local surroundings at Cookham.

Australian Artists Association, Agenda for extraordinary general meeting (1p.), 6 March 1957 (File 733.1.42)

Australian Artists Association, Invitation to a Christmas party at the Art Gallery, Imperial Institute (1p.), 19 December 1957 (File 733.1.43)

Unsigned letter re Annual General Meeting on 17 June (1p.), 7 May 1958 (File 733.1.44)

Fonds 735. Arthur Howell Collection, c.1928-1931

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

Arthur Howell (1881-1956) was the director of the St George's Gallery in London and the author of The meaning and purpose of art (1945). He was for some years the agent of the expatriate New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins.

Scrapbook of letters, telegrams and post cards, c.1928-1931 (File 735.1-89)

From Frances Hodgkins (London; East Bergholt; St Jeannet, France; Cornwall; St Tropez; Martiques, France) to Arthur Howell and L. Harmston, St George's Gallery, Hanover Square, London.

Discusses her work in progress, her health, comments on places visited (134 p.) (Some pencil, faint). Includes a priced catalogue for exhibition of her work at St George's Gallery, Oct. 1930

Fonds 7026. George Wade Collection, 11 June 1921 - 20 November 1928

2 items

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Biographical / Historical

George Edward Wade (1853-1933) was a British sculptor, known for his statues of royalty and politicians.

[unknown], Private Secretary, Australia House, London to George Wade, Knightsbridge, 11 June 1921 (File 7026.13)

Regarding an appointment for the Prime Minister, W. Hughes, to visit Wade's studios. (1p.)

Sir John Monash, Melbourne to George Wade, London, 20 November 1928 (File 7026.148)

Regarding statuary for the National War Memorial of Victoria. (2p.)

Fonds 7043. Artists International Association, October 1951 - 28 June 1965

4 items

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Artists International Association Gallery. [Catalogue], October 1951 (File 7043.3.64)

Includes Rachel Roxburgh and Phyl Waterhouse. (1p.)

Contemporary Art Society, South Australia. [Exhibition] at the A.I.A. Gallery, Leicester Square, London [Catalogue] (4p., 2 leaves), August 1954 (File 7043.3.103)

One card of notes about exhibition of Australian paintings by James Cant, 1953 (File 7043.4.36)

On verso of private view card for exhibition Touring Company A.I.A. Gallery, London. (1p.)

Roger Hallet, Somerset to the Artists International Association Gallery about sharing a show at the A.I.A. (1p.), 28 June 1965 (File 7043.4.85)

Fonds 7050. Paul Nash Collection, October 1947 - September 1956

2 items

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Biographical / Historical

Paul Nash (1889-1946) was born in London and studied at the Slade School of Art at University College. He was an official war artist in 1917-18. He was a pioneer of modernism in Britain, promoting abstraction and surrealism. He married Margaret Odeh (1887?-1960) in 1913.

5 letters between Mrs Paul Nash and the Empire Art Loan Exhibitions Society, September 1953 (File 7050.1653-7050.1658)

Regarding the loan of Paul Nash's work for the exhibition British Watercolours 1914-53 to tour Australia and New Zealand. (7p.)

12 letters between A.J.L. McDonnell, London adviser to the Felton Bequest Trust for the National Gallery of Victoria, and Mrs Paul Nash, October 1947 (File 7050.2462-7050.2472)

Regarding her husband's paintings which had been purchased by the Bequest. (15p.)

Fonds 7116. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Collection, 17 June 1912

1 item

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Arthur Streeton to J.J. Brownsword, Wolverhampton Art Gallery regarding paintings (2p.), 17 June 1912 (File 7116.22)

Fonds 7121. John Fothergill Collection, 24 April 1924

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

Henry Lamb (1883-1960) was born in Adelaide. His family returned to England in 1885. He studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and became a noted war artist and portraitist.

Henry Lamb to John Fothergill regarding a book of reproductions (2p.), 24 April 1924 (File 7121.25)

Fonds 7132. Arnold Palmer Collection, May 1938-1943 or 1944(?)

1 item

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3 letters from Henry Lamb to Arnold Palmer, May 1938-1943 or 1944(?) (File 7132.6-8)

About his paintings and the loan of his and others' paintings for exhibition. (9p.)

Fonds 7135. Mary Chamot Collection, 13 May 1937

1 item

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Chamot (1899-1993) was born in Russia and moved to England after the 1917 revolution. She was the author of English medieval enamels (1930) and Modern painting in England (1937). She was on the staff of the Tate Gallery from 1949 to 1963 and was the first woman to be appointed a curator.

Horace Brodsky, London to Mary Chamot, 13 May 1937 (File 7135.13)

Regarding a book she is writing on modern art in England and the proposal to include Brodsky. (1p.)

Fonds 7621.5. Jeffrey Smart, 25 April 1976

1 item

Biographical / Historical

(Frank) Jeffrey Edson Smart (1921-2013) grew up In Adelaide and studied painting in France between 1948 and 1951. He lived in Sydney for several years, but the second half of his life was spent in Italy. He is most famous for his distinctive urban landscapes.

J. Smart to Sarah Fox-Pitt, 25 April 1976 (File)

Regarding the availability of his work for exhibition and an exhibition to be held of his work in Sydney. (2p.)

Fonds 7910. John Rothenstein Correspondence And Autograph Notes, April 1936 - September 1942

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Rothenstein (1901-1992), the son of Sir William Rothenstein, was born in London. He was the director of the Leeds City Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery (1938-64). He was the author of The life and death of Conder (1938) and Modern English painters (3 vols., 1952-74).

Correspondence from members of the Conder family and others, April 1936 - September 1942 (File 7910.1-52)

Mainly received in response to John Rothenstein's advertisements in papers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Times for information about Charles Conder about whom Rothenstein was writing a book The life and death of Charles Conder, London, 1938.

Correspondents include: H. Conder (half brother); John J. Conder: Mirelle (?) Conder: Wilfred E. Conder (distant cousin); Romilly Fedden; Theodore Fink; Arthur Hugh Frazier; H. Gregory Hast; Ida Leeson (Mitchell Librarian); D.S. McCall; Robert McDonald; William Moore; Gabriel Mourey; Sophie Osmond; Earl of Sandwich; Arthur Streeton. (103 p.)

Other miscellaneous items include: poem 'L'Oiseau bleu (after Mr Charles Conder)'; cartoon; lists of pictures and owners of Conder's works. (27 p.)

Fonds 7911.4. William Rothenstein

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Biographical / Historical

Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), who was of German-Jewish descent, was born in Bradford. He studied at the Slade School of Art and the Academie Julian in Paris. In 1898-99 he founded the Carfax Gallery, which was closely associated with artists such as Charles Conder and Augustus John. He is best known as a portraitist and war artist. He was the principal of the Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935 and the author of Men and memories (2 vols., 1931-32).

Note on Charles Conder (1p.) (File 7911.4.7)

Fonds 8228.3. Jonathan Meuli, May 1980

1 item

'Henry Lamb: a survey of his life and works.' B.A. dissertation submitted at Cambridge University. Photocopy (51 p.), May 1980 (File)

The 34 plates included in the B.A. were not filmed by the AJCP.

Fonds 8228.14-16. Frances Hodgkins

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) was born in Dunedin. After studying art in London and Europe in 1901-3, she briefly established a teaching studio in Wellington. However, she returned to England in 1906 and, apart from visits to France, lived there for the rest of her life. An outstanding colourist, she was influenced at various stages in her long career by cubism, surrealism and romanticism.

Reproductions of paintings on stamps, Maori woman and child (File)