Paul Hogarth Archive

Scope and Content

This archive consists of material compiled by the artist, illustrator andteacher Paul Hogarth (1917 - 2001).

The most substantial element of this archive is a series of correspondenceand associated material concerning Hogarth's career as an artist, illustrator,writer and teacher (HOG/3). This includes material concerning Hogarth's extensivetravels to draw and participate in exhibitions; his political development;his work as a teacher and mentor at the Royal College of Art, London (HOG/3/193 and 194); his work as an art editor for a number of literary magazines(HOG/3/50); his duties as a Royal Academician (HOG/3/192); the display ofhis work in galleries (particularly the Francis Kyle Gallery, London,HOG/3/90); the production and sale of lithographic prints and a number ofpublishing projects, both individually and in collaboration with writers suchas Brendan Behan (HOG/3/16), Lawrence Durrell (HOG/3/67), Robert Graves (HOG/3/98), Doris Lessing (HOG/3/137) and Peter Mayle (HOG/3/134 and 245). Othercorrespondents include: Edward Bawden (HOG/3/15); Stephen Spender (HOG/3/220); Quentin Blake (HOG/3/25) and Alan Silitoe (HOG/3/211).

A separate series (HOG/1) consists of material including correspondence,sketch and notebooks concerning Hogarth's collaboration with the writer Graham Greene on the book Graham Greene Country (London: Pavilion, 1986) .Further series contain: material associated with exhibitions Hogarth eitherparticipated in or organised (HOG/4); proof copies of book jacket designsfrom his long lasting association with Penguin Books (HOG/2); notes and copies of articles both by and about Hogarth (HOG/5) andexamples of preliminary sketches from a number of projects (HOG/6).

Research potential

The Paul Hogarth archive has research potential in a number of fields butmost particularly around the development of book illustration, book coverdesign and pictorial reportage from the 1950s to 2000. The very full seriesconcerning Graham Greene Country (HOG/1) isa particularly useful case study. It also illuminates the role of artistswithin left-wing politics, both in the U.K. and internationally, in the 1950s.Paul Hogarth's role as a teacher and mentor is also well represented and figureswithin the development of a number of important artists and illustrators.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Hogarth was born in Kendal, Cumbria, on 4 October 1917. He was christenedArthur Paul but preferred to use Paul as his first name. His family name wasHoggarth but he subsequently adopted the spelling Hogarth. In 1923 the familymoved to Manchester where Hogarth attended the Manchester School of Art from1933(4) to 1936 before moving to London and studying at St Martin's Schoolof Art. During this period he became politically active becoming involvedwith the Artists International Association, joining the Communist Party andspending a brief spell with the International Brigade during the Spanish CivilWar.

During the Second World War Hogarth worked for the Design Research Unitand at Carlton Studios for the Ministry of Information. After the war he workedas an assistant to the artist James Boswell at Shell International and asthe art editor on a number of literary magazines. He also began to travelextensively both to draw and to organise exhibitions in Eastern Europe andChina.

From 1950 to 1951 Hogarth taught at the Guildford School of Art, from 1951to 1954 at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, from 1959 to 1962at the Cambridge Art School and from 1964 to1971 at the Royal College of Art,London. In 1968-1969 he was associate professor of illustration at the PhiladelphiaCollege of Art, USA. Paul Hogarth was elected to the Royal Academy of Artsin 1974 and to full membership in 1984. He became honorary president of theAssociation of Illustrators in 1982 and he received an O.B.E. in 1989. In1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Manchester MetropolitanUniversity.

Paul Hogarth was married four times: to Doreen Courtman; Phyllis Hayes;Pat Douthwaite, with whom he had a son, Toby, and to Diana Hogarth (neCochran), who survives him. Paul Hogarth died in Cirencester, Gloucestershire,on 27 December 2001.


The order of the archive remains largely reflective of the form in which it was maintained by its creator. Whilst the chronological order within the correspondence files has been made more precise by the archivist the files themselves reflect original order. Some of the material (particularly the artwork, HOG/6) seems to have been brought together for the purposes of the sale of the archive. These groupings have been maintained.

The series are arranged as follows:

  • HOG/1 Graham Greene Country
  • HOG/2 Book Jacket Design
  • HOG/3 Correspondence
  • HOG/4 Exhibitions
  • HOG/5 Articles, notes and biographical information
  • HOG/6 Artwork: Drawings and sketches

Access Information

Access is by appointment only. Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections at the Sir Kenneth Green Library are open from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday. Please contact: The Special Collections Archivist, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sir Kenneth Green Library, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH; tel: +44 (0)161 - 247 6159; e-mail:

Acquisition Information

The archive was purchased, from Paul Hogarth, by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000.

Other Finding Aids

Full catalogue available in the reading room, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

Separated Material

The Special Collections at the Library of Victoria University, British Columbia, Canada, hold original art work by Paul Hogarth and letters from the poet Robert Graves relating to their collaboration on the book, Majorca Observed (London: Cassell, 1965): Gr 9 - 1-39.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright remains with the Hogarth family.

Correspondence copyright rests with the author. Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents. All items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Special Collections Archivist.

Custodial History

The archive remained in the possession of its creator until it was acquired by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000.

Related Material

The Sir Kenneth Green Library holds a very full collection of books illustrated by Paul Hogarth in its Book Design Collection and two video tape recordings of films made about Paul Hogarth (Spirit of place: The art of Paul Hogarth and The picture teller, Paul Hogarth: The artist as recorder).

The Tate Gallery archives hold some material related to Paul Hogarth, particularly to his work with the Artists International Association.


Hogarth, P. Drawing on life: The autobiography of Paul Hogarth (London, Royal Academy of Arts, 2002).

Horne, A. The Dictionary of 20th century British book illustrators (Woodbridge, Antique Collectors' Club, 2003).

Rogerson, I. and Parrett, J. Paul Hogarth: A retrospective exhibition of illustrated books and archives (Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University Library, 2002).