Picture Essay

Artists' Christmas cards from Tate Archive

The Tate Archive collections include a number of Christmas cards designed by artists. As the festive period approaches, we thought we'd share some of these with you

Christmas card created by Nigel Henderson from the Tate Archive collection

Christmas card created by Nigel Henderson in 1954
© Nigel Henderson Estate

Unsent envelope decorated with a collage created by Keith Vaughan Tate Archive

Unsent envelope decorated with a collage created by Keith Vaughan
© The Estate of Keith Vaughan

Christmas card created by Kenneth Armitage in Tate Archive collection

Christmas card created by Kenneth Armitage sent to Joan Moore in 1951
© The Kenneth Armitage Foundation

Christmas card from Cecil Collins to Elizabeth Collins Tate Archive

Christmas card from Cecil Collins to Elizabeth Collins, Cecil and his wife nicknamed each other Belland Parc respectively
© Tate

Christmas card by Paul Nash sent to Eileen Agar in Tate Archive

Christmas card from Paul and Margaret Nash to Eileen Agar with reproduction of ‘Nocturnal Landscape’ by Paul Nash
© Tate

Sketch of possible Christmas card design by Julian Trevelyan from Tate Archive

Sketch of possible Christmas card design by Julian Trevelyan
© The Estate of Julian Trevelyan

Christmas card created by John Piper Tate Archive

Christmas card created by John Piper sent to Julian Trevelyan in 1938
© The Piper Estate

Sketch of a decorated Christmas tree by James Boswell Tate Archive

Sketch of a decorated Christmas tree by James Boswell
© The Estate of James Boswell

For around 170 years it has been customary in many cultures to exchange Christmas cards at this time of year. Maybe some of these will inspire you to get creative with your own Christmas card designs this year …

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