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Graham Sutherland letters to Felix Hans Man

Call Number: GEN MSS 82

Scope and Contents

The Graham Sutherland Letters to Felix Hans Man consist of letters from the painter Graham Sutherland to his agent Felix Hans Man from 1946 to 1977.

The correspondence is contained in one box, with undated letters placed at the end. One folder of miscellaneous notes completes the collection.

The correspondence begins in the late 1940s, when Sutherland voices his concern over Man's proposal to flood the market with Sutherland's drawings. Correspondence from the 1950s deals with Sutherland's many commissions and mentions Lord Beaverbrook and Somerset Maugham. A letter from 1953 reveals Sutherland's displeasure at the delays in the publication of Man's Eight European Artists, to which Sutherland was contributing. The correspondence for 1957 mentions changes Sutherland made to portraits of Helena Rubenstein and Maugham and to his tapestry work. It also includes a list of gouaches, oils, and small drawings with dates, sizes, and insurance values.

In his letters from the 1960s Sutherland discusses a portrait he is working on, work for exhibits, and lithographs. He gives his opinion of the presses printing his lithographs and worries that they are priced too low. Correspondence from the latter part of the decade concerns a portfolio of self-portraits Man was publishing and information he was gathering on Sutherland's work for a catalogue.

Lithographs remain a central topic of the correspondence into the 1970s. A letter from 1971 is concerned with the choice of color for a portfolio and includes a list of titles and negatives for two of his works. A 1974 letter deals with religious themes in art. Correspondence of 1977 concerns a dispute over the publication of a book of Sutherland's work.

A folder of notes includes information on the states of the stones he was working on in 1953, a sheet of color instructions for "Bees," and a copy of Sutherland's autograph.


  • 1946-1977 (inclusive)


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Graham Sutherland Letters to Felix Hans Man are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 1987


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains letters from Sutherland to his agent Felix Hans Man.

Guide to the Graham Sutherland Letters to Felix Hans Man
Under Revision
by Tina Evans
October 1987
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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