Tate Archive contains more than one million items on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain documenting the history of fine art practice in the UK. This includes letters, writings, sketchbooks, artworks, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera, press cuttings and objects.

More than 52,000 of these, including material by artists such as Francis Bacon, Felicia Browne and Paul Nash, can now be viewed online.   

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Felicitas Vogler, Photograph of Ben Nicholson holding his cat, Tommy 1968 © Fondation du Refuge SPA de Saint-Légier-la-Chiésaz

Ben Nicholson Papers

Ben Nicholson papers, 1903–82
Horned root forms in a landscape. 1944 From Graham Sutherland OM, Sketchbook 4 1940–4 © The estate of Graham Sutherland

Graham Sutherland

Collection of forty sketchbooks and fragments of sketchbooks
Dame Barbara Hepworth, Unknown person(s), Page 1 From Dame Barbara Hepworth, Volume of sculpture records 1962 © Bowness & © Morgan Wells

Barbara Hepworth

Sculpture records comprising photographs and notes compiled under the sculptor’s supervision 1925–75
Partial letter (final page only) from Paul Nash to Margaret Nash written from France while on commission to make drawings at the Front as a war artist

Paul Nash

Letters and papers of Paul Nash [c.1894]–5 November 1951

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Letter to Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, from Ben's father William in La Rochelle

Documents

Letters and writings by artists. Includes correspondence between Paul Nash and his wife, Margaret, written during the First World War and documents written by Ben Nicholson about his art practice
From Collection owner: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sketchbook titled 'Journal' 1911

Sketches

Preparatory work by artists including a set of forty sketchbooks by Graham Sutherland which illustrate his development over his career
Collection owner: Eileen Agar, Eileen Agar, Photograph of Paul Éluard and Pablo Picasso on the beach September 1937

Photographs

Photographs from the archive collection include Nigel Henderson's series of images which capture life in the East End of London
From Collection owners: Thomas Cooper Gotch, Henry Scott Tuke, Henry Scott Tuke, Diary of Henry Scott Tuke 12 March 1899-31 December 1905

Notebooks and Diaries

Thought and comments by artists including a selection of diaries written by Keith Vaughan about his personal thoughts on his life and artwork

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Photographing the Archives © Tate Photography, Lucy Dawkins and Joanna Fernandes

Archives & Access Project

Read about the project to make our archive of British art accessible to national and international audiences
Animating the Archives

Animating the Archives

Video series examining some of the stories and people in our archive
Nigel Henderson Photograph showing two unidentified girls in the street 1949–56 Black and white negative TGA 201011/3/1/56/7 © Estate of Nigel Henderson

Archive & Access blog

Updates from the team behind the project who are making thousands of unique objects from Tate’s archive accessible through digitisation