Correspondence of James Laver, 1899-1975, art critic

Scope and Content

  • Over 1000 letters from artists such as Georges Braque, John Piper, Eric Gill and Edward Hopper, 1881-1975
  • Correspondence and notes relating to the artist James Whistler (1834-1903), 1925-1969

Administrative / Biographical History

James Laver was born in Liverpool, England, in 1899  and was educated at the Liverpool Institute and New College Oxford. He was Keeper in the Departments of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and of Paintings in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He wrote widely on art and costume. He died in 1975 .


The material is arranged into two series: correspondence from artists arranged alphabetically by sender and correspondence and notes relating to James Whistler

Conditions Governing Access

owned by the university of glasgow


Acquisition Information

Purchase : Sotheby's : 1981 : ACCN 4417. Purchased with help form the Local Museums Purchase Fund

Purchase : 1982 : ACCN 4496

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Laver or MS Laver X for Whistler related material

Typescript catalogue including abstracts of the entire correspondence available in the searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 15 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

GB 247 MS Whistler: Papers of James McNeill Whistler


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