Bundle of correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence with and papers relating to Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink (1930-1993), British sculptor and printmaker, comprising: 18 letters, one postcard and one card from Frink, along with a note (/7) which may have become separated from another letter, and an invitation to a private view of a Frink exhibition at Waddington Galleries in June 1981, with a note from Frink on the reverse; 17 copy letters from Strachan to Frink; typescript copy of an article by Strachan, 'The Sculptor and her Drawing', intended as the seventh in Strachan's 1974 series on 'The Sculptor and his Drawing' in the Connoisseur, but which was never published; and correspondence relating to Frink, including letters exchanged with Janet Mighell of Waddington Galleries.

Much of the correspondence relates to Strachan's Towards sculpture (1976), including references to: his initial suggestions of work by Frink he would like to include; plans to meet to discuss the project; Frink's suggestions of pieces for inclusion; her supply of drawings and photographs of her sculpture; her preference for the inclusion of her more recent work (focusing on horses) rather than the bird theme; and her response to various queries from Strachan - including clarification about Oufkir, the Moroccan general who inspired her 'Goggle Head' sculptures. Other letters relate to Strachan's Open air sculpture in Britain (1984), including Frink's supply of photographs and information about her art in open places, and her suggestions of work she would like to be included. There is also material relating to Strachan's Connoisseur article on Frink and her work.

Other topics covered include: Frink's current work - including a life-size Horse and rider at the corner of Dover Street and Piccadilly and a large group at Paternoster Square; clarification about a group by Frink called the Dorset martyrs, sited in Dorchester; her Retrospective exhibition in 1985, and the publication of her Catalogue raisonné by Harpvale Press; Little bird, a maquette by Frink which Strachan purchased in 1962; Strachan's hopes of producing a new edition of Open air sculpture in Britain in 1987, and of including other work by Frink such as the Dorset martyrs, although this project was not ultimately realised.


The material has been left in its original order, in which Frink's letters are arranged broadly chronologically (although many of them are undated), and Strachan's copy letters to her form a second chronological sequence.

Related Material

There are single letters from Frink at WJS/18/1/2/1 and WJS/18/1/2/1/15; and a photocopy letter at WJS/18/1/2/1/43 (although this is closed).