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

Papers related to an episode of the BBC television programme ‘Eye of The Artist’ titled ‘Fantastic Art’
[c.August 1948]
'Fantastic Art' seems to have been a programme about Surrealism produced by Anthony Pugh and narrated by Halam Fordham which included contributions from Ithell Colquhoun and Eileen Agar.

The papers consist of the official typed script for the programme, which includes details of the technical requirements and movements of the cameras, but gives only rough guidelines of what Ithell intends to say. There are also several manuscript pages of Ithell's notes for her sections, which range from a complete script to prompting notes.
TGA 929/6/3