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John Pope-Hennessy papers.

Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994 creator.

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  • Title:
    John Pope-Hennessy papers.
  • Author/Creator: Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994 creator.
  • Creation Date: 1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995
  • Biographical/Historical Note: British-born Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994) was an influential art historian, museum director, curator, professor and scholar, recognized for his expertise on Italian Renaissance art. He served in unprecedented consecutive positions as director of both the Victoria and Albert Museum (1967-1973) and the British Museum (1974-1976). In 1977 he became Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while simultaneously holding a professorship in art history at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
  • Arrangement: Organized in seven series: Series I. Correspondence, 1914-1994; Series II. Writings and notes, 1932-1995; Series III. Professional consultations, 1944-1994; Series IV. Museum files, 1946-1987; Series V. Photographs, 1930-1994; Series VI. Personal papers, 1913-1995; Series VII. Pope-Hennessy family papers, 1617-1995.
  • Physical Desc.: 116 linear feet (220 boxes, 2 flatfile folders).
  • Summary: The John Pope-Hennessy papers document both his professional activities as an art historian and expert on Italian Renaissance art and his personal relationship to his family, namely his parents, Ladislas and Una Pope-Hennessy and his brother, James Pope-Hennessy and their cultural interests. The majority of the archive contains Pope-Hennessy's research materials, manuscripts, correspondence, and museum files related to his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. The last part of the archive contains the Pope-Hennessy family papers, from 1617 to 1995.
    Series I contains personal and professional correspondence received and sent by Pope-Hennessy. This section includes letters to his parents and brother from 1914-1971. Also included are correspondences from art historical figures such as Everett Fahy and Bernard Berenson, essayist Logan Pearsall Smith, and music critic Andrew Porter. Lastly, this series documents Pope-Hennessy's important life events including congratulatory correspondence for his museum appointments and knighthood.
    Pope-Hennessy's highly valued and respected art historical work can be found in Series II. Included in this section are various manuscripts of publications such as Cellini (1985) and Learning to look (1991) and unpublished works such as "Matteo di Giovanni" and "Iconography of Sir Walter Scott." Another large portion of this series contains finished drafts of lectures and essays. His eulogy for art historian Kenneth Clark's memorial service can be found among his speeches and addresses. Also included are clippings of his influential articles from 1932-1995.
    Series III contains correspondence from art collectors, dealers, institutions, and galleries asking for professional advice on works of art.
    The museum files in Series IV contain papers from his position as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum; and as Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and art history professor at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. These files include correspondence with museums in Europe and North America, art historians, dealers, and auction houses.
    Series V comprises a large section of the archive and contains Pope-Hennessy's study photographs, primarily of Italian sculpture and Sienese painting. Also included are photographs of paintings and drawings of Raphael and Fra Angelico that were used for his publications. Other study photographs include Italian, German, and Dutch paintings, Renaissance portraits, and images from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The bulk of these photographs is black-and-white prints but also included are color prints, slides, transparencies, negatives, and Polaroids.
    A small number of Pope-Hennessy's personal papers from his childhood and adult years can be found in Series VI. Included are personal documents such as his birth certificate and passports from 1945 to 1995. This series also contains his yearly pocket agendas from 1946 to 1994 and papers related to his personal art collection.
    The Pope-Hennessy family papers in Series VII form a large portion of the archive and document Pope-Hennessy's prominent family. This series contains the papers of his father, Ladislas Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy (1875-1942), his mother, Dame Una Constance (nee Birch) Pope-Hennessy (1876-1949), his brother, James Pope-Hennessy (1916-1974), and his grandfather, Sir John Pope-Hennessy (1834-1891). This section contains numerous family letters sent to Pope-Hennessy. It also includes drafts of works by his mother and brother (both prolific authors); titles include Una's Charles Dickens (1945) and James's Queen Mary (1959). Additionally, Ladilas's papers contain material related to his military career as major-general as well as his political involvement with the Irish Dominion. A small number of papers belonging to Pope-Hennessy's grandfather also concern political matters and his colonial service as governor.
  • Language: English
  • Language Note: In English with some Italian.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Preliminary inventory available in the repository; box-level control.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs
    Chromogenic color prints
    Color slides
    Color transparencies
    Black-and-white negatives
    Gelatin silver prints
    Dye diffusion transfer prints
    Color negatives
    Photographs, -- Original
  • Subjects: Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994 Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1876-1949 Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1875-1942 Pope-Hennessy, James Pope-Hennessy, John, Sir, 1834-1891 Pope-Hennessy (Family : 1834-1994) Fahy, Everett -- Correspondence Clark, Kenneth, 1903-1983 Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953 Victoria and Albert Museum British Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) New York University. Institute of Fine Arts Art, Renaissance -- Italy Painting, Italian -- Italy -- Siena Sculpture, Italian Art historians -- Great Britain Museums -- England Museums -- New York (State) -- New York Ireland -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Contributors: Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994, contributor. Pope-Hennessy, James, contributor. Pope-Hennessy, John, Sir, 1834-1891, contributor. Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1876-1949, contributor. Pope-Hennessy, Ladislas Herbert Richard, 1875-1942, contributor. Fahy, Everett, contributor. Porter, Andrew, 1928-2015, contributor. Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959, contributor. Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946, contributor.
    Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Learning to Look.
    Pope-Hennessy, James. Queen Mary, 1867-1953. Pope-Hennessy (Family : 1834-1994), contributor. British Museum. New York University. Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1534-313
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 82839438
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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