Paul Nash is best known for his English landscapes in oil and watercolour, but he was also a photographer and writer. This collection consists largely of his personal and business correspondence during the 1930s and early 1940s, and the correspondence of his wife Margaret, from his death in 1946, when she took on the job of protecting and furthering his reputation, until her death in 1960. There are also a number of Paul's personal documents including his passport, sketches and the Nash family history; copies of draft and published articles and books by or about Paul Nash, including 'Room and Book' and 'Outline' his autobiography; and a selection of exhibition catalogues and private view cards.
Paul's correspondence concerns his work as a war artist for the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Information; his involvement in the Arts Bureau in Oxford for War Service and the Artists' International Association; his designs for Cresta Silks; the publication of his article 'Aerial Flowers', the Chiswick Press and Counterpoint; his autobiography 'Outline'; and Herbert Read's monograph on Paul published by Penguin Books. A significant porportion of the correspondence concerns the sale, exhibition and reproduction of his works through various official bodies or galleries including the British Council, Central Institute for Art and Design, Kenneth Clark and the National Gallery, C.E.M.A., Richard de la Mare and Faber & Faber, Oliver Brown and the Leicester Galleries, Rex Nan Kivell and the Redfern Gallery, Richard Seddon and Paul's agent, Arthur Tooth's and Sons.
Margaret's correspondence also concerns the sale, exhibition and reproduction of various of Paul's works; the preparation and arrangement of the Paul Nash memorial concert, exhibition and volume 'Paul Nash: Paintings, Drawings and Illustrations' by Margot Eates, (Lund Humphries, 1948); the publication of 'Aerial Flowers' (Counterpoint, 1947), 'Outline' (Faber & Faber, 1949), 'Fertile Image' a book of Paul's photographs edited by Margaret (Faber & Faber, 1951) and 'Paul Nash: Portrait of an artist' a biography by Anthony Bertram (Faber & Faber, 1955); her donation of negatives and photographs of Paul's works to the Courtauld Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum; and her health, financial situation, will and the Paul Nash Trust. Other major correspondents with Margaret include Philip James and the Arts Council, the British Council, Roger Boulton, David Bland and Richard de la Mare of Faber & Faber, Peter Gregory of Lund Humphries, Oliver Brown of the Leicester Galleries, Manchester Art Gallery, Herbert Read, Richard Seddon, the Soho Gallery, the Tate Gallery and John Rothenstein, Richard Smart, Dudley Tooth and Peter Cochrane of Arthur Tooth and Sons, George Wingfield Digby of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Zwemmer Gallery.