As part of 11,000 items being made available online, the unpublished sketchbooks of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska have been made available to view as part of the Tate’s Archives and Access project.

This project draws on the Tate Archive and brings it together online with the Tate’s art collection making it one of the most comprehensive digital art and archival resources in Europe.

The publicly-available items reveal insights into some of the lives and work of some of the most important figures in British art.

Some of the other highlights from this collection include:

  • A collection of over 1000 negatives taken by the surrealist artist Eileen Agar.
  • Drawings, letters and sketchbooks from artist Felicia Brown.
  • Barbara Ker-Seymer’s photographic albums from the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Nearly 150 unpublished photographs by Prunella Clough.

This second stage of the project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided the project with a grant of two million pounds. The digitalisation of the archives relating to an additional 25 artists including L.S. Lowry and Henry Moore is expected to be completed in the Summer this year.

Study of a man looking downward with six smaller studies of heads also looking downward, a cat and a transcription of 'Les Chats' by Charles Baudelaire 16 Apr 1910 by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915

(Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Sketchbook titled ‘Le Chaos’ 1910 Tate Archive Purchased 2012)


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