Russell Page: art, photographs and papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive comprises for the most part photographic material of gardens Page designed in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America. Gardens include Longleat House, the Festival Gardens at Battersea Park commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain, for which Page was awarded the OBE, privately owned gardens on the Mediterranean coast, and the courtyard garden at the Frick Collection, New York. Many photographs were taken by Page himself during the 1950s-1980s, some are annotated by him, and many were used in his publications. The archive also includes copies of some of Page's garden design plans, his drawings and sketches, published articles by him and publications relating to him and his work. An associated archive, ref PAG/AA/1-5, comprises the correspondence and papers of Page's secretary, Helen Hogan, relating to her employer.

Arrangement

The current arrangement is expected to be temporary pending further accruals from Russell Page's family.

Each folder of photographic material has been described as a discrete unit, with no attempt made to reposition material that may relate to other properties, due to uncertainty of identification in many instances. Negatives and transparencies are stored separately for preservation purposes but share the same reference number as the folder from which they were removed.

The photographic material relating specifically to Page's garden designs has been arranged in loosely chronological groups comprising early mixed media, later mixed media, and colour transparencies. This arrangement largely reflects the arrangement of the material when it came to the Library.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation. It is essential to check opening hours and make an appointment. Readers are required to wear protective gloves when consulting photographic material.

Acquisition Information

The main archive was deposited on permanent loan by Russell Page's executors in 1996, with possible further transfers following the 1998 exhibition in Rome. The associated archive was donated to the Lindley Library in Sep 2003 following the death of Helen Hogan, Page's long-time secretary.

Other Finding Aids

The Lindley Library descriptive catalogue, available on-line via the Archives Hub, and as a paper copy in the research room.

Archivist's Note

Art works catalogued by Charlotte Brooks, RHS Lindley Library art curator, in March 2015. Remaining material catalogued by Liz Taylor, RHS Lindley Library archivist, in March 2015, with research assistance from Jennian Geddes, Lindley Library volunteer. Packaging carried out by Annie Johns, RHS Lindley Library volunteer.

Accruals

Further accruals are anticipated.

Related Material

Garden design plans by Russell Page are currently held at the Garden Museum, London.