Wartime Storage: Non-National Gallery Pictures

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 345 NGA35/1/3
  • Former Reference
      GB 345 NG33/3
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 file

Scope and Content

File containing correspondence and other papers (typescript and manuscript) concerning the transfer and deposit of pictures not owned by the National Gallery to various locations in Wales.

In his index Davies states that the records in this file are incomplete and that details of certain pictures are not included. [File formerly known as Pictures Deposited by Other Owners, numbers 3a-3m in Davies's index]


1. Two inventories recording the pictures (listed by owner and name of picture) stored at Manod Quarry. 1941-1943

2. Seven letters (mostly from O.F. Horshead, Librarian at Windsor Castle) and eight inventories (mostly compiled by Davies) relating to the transfer and deposit of works from the Royal Collection. 1941-1944

Of note:

5 March 1942: Letter relating to the Prime Minister's decision not to send works from the Royal Collection to Canada.

4 February 1944: Letter relating to a request by King George VI for two items stored at Manod Quarry (a parchment indenture between Princess Margaret and J.M. Barrie; and Princess Elizabeth's account of the coronation) to be returned to Windsor, photographed and then used for propaganda in Latin America.

3. Fifteen letters, three inventories and four notes concerning works of art from the collections of Viscount Bearsted; the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow; Misses Gwendoline Elizabeth and Margaret Sidney Davies; Louis Clarke (Director, Fitzwilliam Museum); Gregynog Hall the Courtauld Institute; the Gulbenkian collection; Miss Mollie Sands; and E.Thompson of Bridgewater House. 1941-1945

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