Islington Council Correspondence 1947-1951

Scope and Content

Letters, papers and correspondence, 1947-1951 from the files of Leonard Montague Harrod, the Chief Librarian and Curator of Islington Public Libraries, concerning acquisition from The Sickert Trust to Islington Council in 1951.

Includes council minutes and various papers and letters concerning the acceptance and transfer of the Sickert Family Collection of papers, art-works and ephemera from the Sickert Trust to the Islington Council. Letters between the secretary of the Sickert Trust, Louise Powell d1960 (sister of Thérèse Lessore), and L.M. Harrod, concerning the logistics of the transfer of the collection to Islington. Papers include a handwritten listing of works, various letters concerning the painting ‘The Raising of Lazarus’, insurance values (some supplied by art dealer Lillian Browse), lending works for exhibitions, further donations from the Sickert Trust in 1948 of palettes, etchings and papers by W. R. Sickert’s father and grandfather. Also council papers and letters concerning the proposed ‘Sickert Centre’ that was hoped to have been built in Islington, and in fact was the premise of the Sickert Trust giving Islington the various works and papers etc. Also papers referring to the purchase from The Sickert Trust of drawings W. R. Sickert made for his painting ‘Ennui’ for £135. Papers also referring to the gift by the Sickert Trust of works by Thérèse Lessore.