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.
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