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."
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
The collection is arranged into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Catalog and lists. The letters are arranged chronologically.
.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
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.
- Art -- Collectors and collecting
- Art patronage
- Art, British -- England -- Birmingham
- Arts and crafts movement
- Gaskin, Arthur, 1862-1928
- Hodson, Laurence W., 1864-1933
- Mural painting and decoration
- New Gallery (London, England)
- Painters -- Great Britain
- Painting, British
- Southall, Joseph E.
- Tempera painting
- Guide to the Joseph Southall archive
- edited by Francis Lapka
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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