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

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Margaret Miller, Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), recipient: Eve Schwitters Letter to Eve Schwitters from Margaret Miller at the Museum of Modern Art about Kurt Schwitters’ collage work held at the Museum

24 February 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter to Edith Thomas from Geo. Gatey & Son as a follow up to their letter dated 14 Feb 1949

25 March 1949

Edith “Wanty” Thomas, recipients: Harold Handley, George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK) Letter to Mr Handley at Geo. Gatey & Son from Edith Thomas regarding the transport and sale of Schwitters’ work

29 March 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA) Letter to the Museum of Modern Art from Geo. Gatey & Son regarding payment for the sale of Schwitters’ work and the transport of his works

26 July 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas regarding the transport of Schwitters’ work

13 October 1949

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

25 October 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas about the transport of Schwitters’ work

25 October 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas about a cheque received from the Museum of Modern Art

31 October 1949

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas with a note about their charges

26 November 1949

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter to Edith Thomas from The Hanover Gallery about payment for some of Schwitters’ work

7 April 1955

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from The Hanover Gallery to Edith Thomas regarding the sale of some of Schwitters’ collage work

22 June 1955

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from The Hanover Gallery to Edith Thomas regarding payment for the sale of two of Schwitters’ collages

6 September 1955

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from The Hanover Galley to Edith Thomas regarding payment for Schwitters’ work

10 October 1955

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from the director of The Hanover Gallery to Edith Thomas (‘Wanty’) regarding a lunch meeting

14 October 1957

Ernst Schwitters, recipient: Dr Walter Dux Letter from Ernst Schwitters to Dr Walter Dux

1958