Letters and papers of Paul Nash

[c.1894]–5 November 1951

collection owner: Paul Nash, ‘Letters and papers of Paul Nash’ [c.1894]–5 November 1951

Available online are letters from Paul Nash to his wife, Margaret, dating from 1913 to 1943. Most of the letters date from the early years of their life together, and they include love letters written before their marriage and other letters which throw light on their relationship. There are also a substantial number of letters written during his service as a soldier and as a War Artist during the First World War. Nash first went to the front line in 1917 as a Second Lieutenant in the Fifteenth Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. His letters at this time, some of which are illustrated, described life in the trenches and war-torn landscapes. As well as containing news of his daily life and social engagements, many of the letters mention the progress of Nash's work, his artistic and commercial commissions, his exhibitions and his involvement with the contemporary art world. The letters often also contain comments on the landscapes Nash sees, and give some insight into the inspiration for his pictures.

In addition, a number of letters from John Nash to his family are also available online. These letters were written during John Nash's military service during the First World War, and recount his experiences of daily life as a soldier, as well as discussing family news. Many of the letters are illustrated.

Also available online is a letter from Henry Moore to Paul Nash written in September 1933.

Details of the remainder of the collection can be found on the Archive catalogue.

Collection Owner
Paul Nash 1889–1946
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Gift of Anstice Shaw, September 1983.
Reference
TGA 8313

183 objects in this collection

Title
Letters from John Nash to members of the Nash family
Date
March 1913–[1917]
Description
Letters from John Nash to Margaret Odeh before her marriage to Paul Nash and letters from John Nash to members of his family written while serving in the army during the First World War.
Reference
TGA 8313/1/3

Showing 13 objects

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Illustrated letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[24 December 1916]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[21 January 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[10 February 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Illustrated letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[14 March 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[26 April 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Illustrated letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[16 May 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Illustrated letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[20 July 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

[14 August 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

15 September [1917]

John Nash, recipient: Audrey Nash Letter from John Nash to Audrey Nash

[November 1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Letter from John Nash to William Harry Nash

8 December [1917]

John Nash, recipient: William Harry Nash Illustrated letter from John Nash to his family

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