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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Philip Granville, Lord’s Gallery, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Philip Granville at Lord’s Gallery to Edith Thomas (‘Wanty’)

8 September 1958

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Statement for the purchase of Schwitters’ work, ‘Gal’ from The Hanover Gallery to Edith Thomas

9 August 1960

Hanover Gallery (London, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Statement for the purchase of Schwitters’ work, ‘Glass in Stone’ from The Hanover Gallery to Edith Thomas

17 September 1960

Unknown person(s) News article about Kurt Schwitters’ work

date not known

Pasadena Art Museum (Pasadena, USA) Article about Kate Steinitz entitled, ‘350 WORDS ON KATE STEINITZ’

date not known

George Gatey & Son Solicitors (Windermere, UK), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Geo. Gatey & Son to Edith Thomas responding to her letter dated 11 Jan 1961

20 January 1961

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium) Leaflet for a collage exhibition entitled, ‘E.L.T. MESENS’

[25 April–13 May 1959]

Philip Granville, Lord’s Gallery, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Philip Granville at Lord’s Gallery to Edith Thomas about their first meeting and Kurt Schwitters

29 August 1958

Dr Walter Dux, recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Dr Dux to Edith Thomas

[3 November 1958]

Rose Fried, Pinacotheca Gallery (New York, USA), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Rose Fried from The Pinacotheca gallery to Edith Thomas

6 November 1950

Rose Fried, Pinacotheca Gallery (New York, USA), recipient: Edith “Wanty” Thomas Letter from Rose Fried from The Pinacotheca gallery to Edith Thomas

23 November 1950