Harwood C. Laurence Papers

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters to Laurence from Augustus Daniel, Charles Aitken and Harold Isherwood Kay, and receipted bills from various London art dealers, including Arthur Tooth & Sons, Wildenstein & Co., and Barbizon House.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harwood C. Laurence (1869-1949), second son of Thomas Herbert Laurence and Victoria Agnes, née Cope, was a stockbroker and art collector, who lived in Hove, East Sussex. He was a member of the Walpole Society from 1920 to 1934. In 1949 he bequeathed several pictures to British museums and galleries through the National Art-Collections Fund. His collection of modern drawings and paintings was auctioned at Sotheby’s on 21 July 1949, lots 16-165.


The records have been arranged into 2 series:

1. Letters to Harwood C. Laurence

2. Receipted bills for works of art

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

The most recent and complete list is held on CALM ALM.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Nicholas Smith, May 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the reader to determine the exact copyright status of a work.

Appraisal Information

All material has been retained.

Custodial History

The letters from Augustus Daniel formed part of Lot 3 at the Chiswick Auctions sale of autographs and memorabilia on 28 February 2019. Donated to the National Gallery Archive by Andy Moreton, April 2019.


No accruals are expected.

Related Material

NG7/400/2 Letter from Charles Aitken regarding the loan of The music room by P Wilson Steer to Leeds (2872, Tate N02872)

NGA4/3/31 Postcard from Ellis Waterhouse to Harold Isherwood Kay re Ingram's Steer (1905)

Harold Isherwood Kay's research papers relating to relating to Philip Wilson Steer are held by the National Portrait Gallery Archive [Ref. HIK].There are deposits of Augustus Daniels’s letters at the King’s College Archive Centre, Cambridge University (Ref. Bulmer Papers/3/52), and Glasgow University Library (Ref. MS MacColl)