Papers of Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988)


collection owner: Ithell Colquhoun, ‘Papers of Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988)’ [c.1700–1987]

Items available online are a range of works by Ithell Colquhoun including early watercolours and writings. The collection also includes: correspondence from leading figures in the art world from Man Ray to Lady Ottoline Morrell; records relating to Ithell's interest in the Occult; and surrealist paintings produced by her students.

Also available to view online from this collection is a typescript entitled, 'Recollection of Kurt Schwitters' - an article by Ithell Colquhoun about Schwitters' life and her acquaintance with him.

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

Collection Owner
Ithell Colquhoun 1906–1988
Tate Archive
Bequeathed by Ithell Colquhoun to the Tate Archive
TGA 929

215 objects in this collection

This series includes artworks created throughout Colquhoun's career, as well as some examples of juvenilia, art-school and commercial work.

There are a small number of finished, signed and titled works, but many have no title or date. The majority of works are in watercolour but there are also pastel drawings, pencil sketches, and (incomplete) collages.

There are also some artworks created by children who were taught by Ithell. These can be found at TGA 929/4/8.
TGA 929/4

Showing 120 of 146 objects

Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing pansies in a vase

August 1921

Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour of fruit and a jug


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing coloured vases


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour titled ‘Pottery’

April 1920

Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour titled ‘Seaside’

November 1920

Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour titled ‘Flowers’

June 1920

Ithell Colquhoun Picture of a young woman feeding peacocks


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing a bedroom


Ithell Colquhoun Drawing of a still life


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing two houses and a tree


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing a clay pot


Ithell Colquhoun Watercolour showing a clay pot