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Joseph Southall archive

 Collection
Call Number: MSS 80

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises 14 autograph letters from Joseph Southall to Laurence Hodson; a catalog of paintings by Southall; and three additional lists of works by Southall. The correspondence reveals a growing friendship between Southall and Hodson and a shared desire to see the Birmingham Group of artists receive greater recognition beyond the West Midlands. This ambition is a noted in 1908 letter concerning an exhibition in London (folder 12): "... folks see a little of what we are driving at and what the effect of decorative art might be ... For the first time our Birmingham work has been put together without jarring elements to disturb it."

Dates

  • 1898-1910

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of the Yale Center for British Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Catalog and lists. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Extent

.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/ycba.mss.0080

Overview

The collection comprises 14 autograph letters from Joseph Southall to Laurence Hodson; a catalog of paintings by Southall; and three additional lists of works by Southall.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Southall (1861-1944), painter and pacificist, was a key member of the Birmingham School of artists and an adherent of the arts and crafts movement. In 1901, he was a co-founder of the Society of Painters in Tempera.

Laurence William Hodson (1864-1933), of Compton Hall, Wolverhampton, was a brewer, art collector, and philanthropist. He was chairman of the Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1902, and supporter of the Guild of Handicraft.
Title
Guide to the Joseph Southall archive
Status
Completed
Author
edited by Francis Lapka
Date
2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts
1080 Chapel Street
P. O. Box 208280
New Haven CT 06520-8280 US
203-432-2814

Location

1080 Chapel Street
New Haven , CT 06510

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