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

‘Little Anthology of Inadvertent Surrealism’ compiled by Ithell Colquhoun, 1956 onwards
Final typescript, and several typescript and manuscript drafts. The anthology comprises fragments of books, newspaper articles, machine instructions and so forth that Ithell Colquhoun has noticed and copied out.

Attached to one of the typescripts was an example of 'photographic automatism' supposedly showing 'Diana of the Ephesians'.
TGA 929/6/4