• Scrapbook by Julian Trevelyan
    Scrapbook by Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988)

One of my favourite items in the archive is this scrapbook by Julian Trevelyan. Therefore, it was an easy choice to make when selecting my treasure from our 1989 acquisitions. Julian Otto Trevelyan trained in Paris, enrolling at Atelier 17, run by Stanley William Hayter, where he was introduced to French painting and surrealist ideas. His training under Hayter was technically and creatively vigorous, working alongside artists such as Joan Miro, Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso. I can only imagine how exciting this period of Trevelyan’s life must have been, and that is one of the reasons why I have chosen a piece which reflects his time in Paris. This carefully constructed scrapbook is one of nine, created by Julian Trevelyan, housed in the archive. In this particular volume, TGA 898/1/1, Trevelyan has collated a wide variety of items during the period, 1931-1939, consisting of correspondence, poetry, press cuttings, photographs, and an exciting collection of original artworks from artists such as Anthony Gross, Stanley William Hayter, John Piper, and Graham Sutherland. These scrapbooks, dating from 1931-1987, help document the life of Trevelyan, allowing the reader an insight into the artist’s interests, relationships, influences and opinions on a variety of subjects. TGA 898 also offers an interesting array of items relating to Julian Trevelyan, which includes volumes of press cuttings, artworks, photographs and postcards. This collection is complimented by TGA 8921, a collection of sketchbooks, notebooks, writings, press cuttings and printed material relating to the painter and print-maker, Julian Otto Trevelyan. 

Julian Trevelyan scrapbook 2
Scrapbook by Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988)

Trevelyan used his scrapbooks to capture and preserve items across a broad spectrum of media, reflecting his views, tastes, friendships and interests at a specific period of his life. With more people using social networking sites such as Facebook to create their own ‘digital scrapbook’, would you agree that the long term preservation of our memories is at risk? TGA 898/1/1

Written by Andrew Neilson 


Mark Anderson

this looks wonderful. How does a member of the public get to see this?

Andrew Neilson

Hi Mark,

This particular piece is currently on display in the Goodison Room (room 18) at Tate Britain. It forms part of our '40 Degrees of Seperation' exhibition, and is well worth a visit!

Also, if you would like to come and view any of the other material in the Trevelyan archive, you can registar as an archive reader for free. All you need to do is fill out our registraion form and on your first visit, you must bring proof of your current home address and a separate form of photographic ID.

Further details on how to register and use the archive can be found by following this link: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/researchservices/readingrooms/

If you have any further queries, please contact the library and archive enquiry desk by email at reading.rooms@tate.org.uk, or by phone on +44 (0)20 7887 8838.

I hope this of help.

Best wishes,

Andrew Neilson