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Archive collections

The Institute is regularly in the process of acquiring and cataloguing collections of sculptors' papers. Below are some of our more recent highlights.

Betty Rea

Betty Rea's (1904-65) archive gives a fascinating glimpse into the artist's practice and the social and political world she inhabited, with letters, a sketchbook and over 200 photos.

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Gertrude Hermes

Archive containing over 200 photos of the printmaker, sculptor, and designer Gertrude Hermes (1901-83), recording her studio, exhibitions, sculptures and architectural works.

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Garth Evans

This collection documents Garth Evans' (born 1924) fellowship with the British Steel Corporation in 1969-71, his controversial 'A Course' and the Manydeed artist group.

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Hamish Basil Macpherson

This unique collection comprises several car drawings made by sculptor Hamish Basil Macpherson (1915-2005) while working in the motor industry in the 1950s.

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Stephen Cripps

Drawings and sketches are at the core of our Stephen Cripps (1952-82) collection, whose experimental sculpture and performance combined found objects, sound and explosives.

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Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant

A comprehensive insight into the work of Dorothy Annan (1900-83) and Trevor Tennant (1900-80), whose work included mural paintings, architectural commissions and bronze sculpture.

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Keir Smith

Extensive collection of sculptor Keir Smith's (1950-2007) sketchbooks, correspondence, photos and more, giving an insight into both his practice and work as a teacher.

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Edward Onslow Ford

Rare collection of papers of artist Edward Onslow Ford, R.A. (1852-1901), noted for his portraiture and an established figure in the New Sculpture Movement.

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Rupert Forbes Gunnis

Personal archive of the art historian and collector Rupert Gunnis (1899-1965), best known for his 'Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851', published in 1953.

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