Correspondence files dating from the latter part of Kenneth Clark's employment at the National Gallery

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 70 TGA 8812/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      8 boxes

Scope and Content

Although many of the letters were addressed to Clark at the Gallery, this is not exclusively the case. The files cover a wide variety of subjects including official business and friendships not directly connected with his work. There are many letters from members of the public, often asking for opinions on works. The files provide a "snapshot" view of Clark's correspondence at this time. The contents of the files have not been listed individually as the files are specific items in themselves but the individuals and/or institutions are listed. The group is not complete as several files are missing from each sequence. The contents of these missing files are probably among the general correspondence. Furthermore, all the material from the period covered by the files is not necessarily among them: some is in the loose correspondence which has formed the general correspondence sequence (TGA 8812/1/3)


The files were kept in three sequences as follows:

TGA 8812/1/1/1-15 1940-2,

TGA 8812/1/1/16-40 1942-3,

TGA 8812/1/1/41-64 1944.

The files have been left as found, except they have now be arranged alphabetically, rather than chronologically. However, the filing is not consistent as, for example, Alan Gwynne-Jones letters may be found in both the G and J files, or a person may appear as an individual and under their institution. The dates are not always precise: the 1940-2 and 1942-3 files in particular may overlap. Existing carbon copies of Clarks' replies have been filed in the same sequence as his incoming correspondence.

Other Finding Aids

Paper list of individual files or letters available.