Papers and photographs of Bernard Schottlander

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive contains ten boxes of photographs, negatives (many with contact prints) and 35mm slides. These record finished sculptures, the construction and installation of sculptures, Schottlander's studio, maquettes, source imagery, photographs taken by Schottlander whilst travelling, as well as other personal photographs. There is a large number of works on paper which comprise life drawings, sketches and architectural plans for sculptures, presentation drawings, paintings, and photomontages of suggested sites for sculptures. There are also some posters for exhibitions of his work and a series of international press cuttings and articles on Schottlander, 1967-1999, recording his exhibitions, installations of his public sculpture, and his obituary. There is correspondence with Schottlander regarding commissions for public sculpture, exhibitions and purchases of his work, 1974-1991, and correspondence with Sara Hicks concerning his estate, 1999-2000. Further material includes biographical information, private view cards and printed ephemera.

Administrative / Biographical History

Scottlander was a Jewish immigrant who fled from Germany to Britian in 1939. Schottlander was born in Mainz, Germany in 1924. He began his career as a welder and plater and attended evening classes in sculpture at Leeds School of Art, later transferring to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London where he studied industrial design between 1949 and 1951. He then established his own industrial design business in north London where he manufactured lighting that attracted the attention of architects and designers. From the early 1960s Schottlander gave up his design work in order to focus on sculpture, and taught metalwork at St Martin's School of Art. Exhibitions of his work were held at the Architectural Association in 1964 and at the Hamilton Gallery in 1966. From this time, his interest lay in large-scale outdoor sculpture.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to all registered researchers. The Archive is open by appointment only.

Other Finding Aids

Please consult HMI Archivist for further information

Archivist's Note

Archive Hub description created by Janette Martin. Some biographical information was obtained from University of Brighton Design Archives who also hold Schottlander material.

Related Material

The HMI Archive also holds 4 files of photographs of Schottlander sculptures containing around 100 black and white photographs for the period 1950-1980 [ref. 2006.52] .

A further folder of 20 black and white photographs documenting an outdoor exhibition of 7 large steel sculptures exhibited in 1972 are held by the HMI Archive [ref. 2009.102]

"Maquette for 3B Series, No.2", 1968; "Maquette for a sculpture at the Euston Road Housing Estate, London", c.1970, and "Maquette for South of the River", 1976, are in the Leeds City Art Gallery collection.

University of Brighton Design Archives holds archive material relating to Schottlander's industrial design work [ref GB 1837 des/sch].