Material relating to Kurt Schwitters compiled by his English companion, Mrs Edith ‘Wantee’ Thomas mostly after the artist’s death in 1948

1948–91

collection owner: Kurt Schwitters, ‘Material relating to Kurt Schwitters compiled by his English companion, Mrs Edith ‘Wantee’ Thomas mostly after the artist’s death in 1948’ 1948–91

Available online are various items selected from the Kurt Schwitters collection featuring writings, correspondence and photographs, particularly relating to Schwitters' relationship with Edith Thomas, and the court case between Edith and Kurt Schwitters' son, Ernst, regarding the division of Schwitters' works following his death. Items from this collection also available online are: private view cards and exhibition catalogues relating to exhibitions featuring Schwitters' work; photographs of Schwitters, and his family and friends; and photographs of his works and locations he visited.

Further details on this collection are available on the archive catalogue.

Collection Owner
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented by Edith Thomas's son, Geoff Thomas, in 1995.
Reference
TGA 9510

139 objects in this collection

Title
Correspondence and documents relating to the Ernst Schwitters v Edith Thomas court case, 1963
Date
1947–66
Description
The case concerned the division of works by Kurt Schwitters to Edith Thomas and Ernst Schwitters after the artist's death and includes files of correspondence and documents between Thomas and her lawyers; material used as evidence; and letters of support and press cuttings following the court case.
Reference
TGA 9510/3

Showing 2140 of 100 objects

Margaret Miller, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Margaret Miller at the Museum of Modern Art to Edith Thomas about Schwitters’ work and funding

1 April 1948

Margaret Miller, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), recipient: George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter from Margaret Miller at the Museum of Modern Art to Geo. Gatey & Son about the sale of Schwitters’ work

6 April 1948

Marguerite Hagenbach, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from M. Hagenbach to Edith Thomas about Schwitters’ work in Switzerland

14 April 1948

Unknown person(s) Note relating to cash in Schwitters’ estate

1 September 1948

Eve Schwitters, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Photocopy of a letter sent to Edith Thomas (‘Wanty’) from [Ernst Schwitters wife, Eve]

29 May 1948

Edith “Wanty” Thomas, recipients: Eve Schwitters, Ernst Schwitters Letter to Eve and Ernst Schwitters from Edith Thomas (‘Wanty’)

date not known

Marguerite Hagenbach, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter to Edith Thomas from Marguerite Hagenbach regarding Schwitters’ work in Switzerland

9 February 1948

Ernst Schwitters, recipient: George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter from Ernst Schwitters to Geo. Gatey & Son about the sale of some of Kurt Schwitters’ work

7 February 1949

Rose Fried, Pinacotheca Gallery (New York, USA), recipient: George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter from Rose Fried at the Pinacotheca gallery to Geo. Gatey & Son

10 February 1949

Eve Schwitters, recipients: Margaret Miller, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA) Letter from Eve Schwitters to Margaret Miller at the Museum of Modern Art

12 February 1949

Ernst Schwitters, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Photocopy of a letter sent from Ernst Schwitters to Edith Thomas (‘Wanty’)

12 February 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas

14 February 1949

Margaret Miller, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), recipient: George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter from the Museum of Modern Art to Geo. Gatey & Son about Ernst Schwitters’ wishes for his father’s collages

24 February 1949

Sylvia Hope, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), recipient: George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter sent with a cheque by Sylvia Hope at the Museum of Modern Art to the Estate of Kurt Schwitters at Geo. Gatey & Son solicitors

24 February 1949