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Portrait painting

Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:


Freeth family photographs, 1954 - 1989

Reference Code: GBR/0014/POLL 1/8/8
Scope and Contents

Copies of photographs, mainly taken by [Margaret] Pamela Powell, of JEP with the painter [Hubert] Andrew Freeth and their families, including photographs by Ronald Prayer of Freeth with one of his portraits of JEP. Also includes copies of letters between Freeth, JEP and Prayer about his photographs of Freeth and the portrait, with a copy of Prayer's article on Freeth's work.

Dates: 1954 - 1989
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Please see individual files for details.

Honor Earl: Pastel portraits ('Warriors of the Empire') and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9397
Scope and Contents During the Second World War, Earl was commissioned to prepare a series of pastel portraits of service men and women from what were then British dominions and colonies (described as 'Empire servicemen'), including Trinida, Newfoundland, Southern Rhodesia [i.e. Zimbabwe] and Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka]. The portraits were exhibited at the Royal Empire (late Commonwealth) Society in December 1945 as 'Warriors of the Empire'. The collection also includes a series of portraits of North American...
Dates: 1939-1946 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Letter to Myers from Ambrose McEvoy, the portraitist, 19131118

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/7
Scope and Contents

McEvoy comments that the photograph of the portrait that he has arranged to be taken is a good likeness: the photographer (highly recommended by McEvoy is called Paul Laib of Thistle Green, Fulham Road). McEvoy also asks permission for the portrait he has done of Ward to be displayed at the New English Art Club Exhibition.

Dates: 19131118

Letter to Myers from J. M. Keynes about the choice of artist to complete the portrait of James Ward, 19130530

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/2
Scope and Contents

Keynes recommends Duncan Grant, one of the 'Bloomsbury Group' artists and known for slightly experimental work, as someone to consider as portraitist of Ward. Keynes mentions that he has seen a picture by McEvoy (a favoured candidate) but that in his opinion McEvoy's style is 'old fashioned'. Keynes speaks of the need, nevertheless, to satisfy the 'subscribers' (those who are contributing to the cost of the portrait). Of course, McEvoy was eventually awarded the commission.

Dates: 19130530

Letter to Myers from James Ward about the presentation of the portrait, 19140129

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/9
Scope and Contents

Ward says that, of all people, he would prefer Henry Jackson to present the portrait.

Dates: 19140129

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward about how she and her husband feel about having the portrait hang in their own home for a period, 19140724

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/12
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward expresses the view that, although she and her husband would be proud to have the portrait hang in their home for a while, they would not want to prevent it being more widely seen. She leaves the decision of where it should hang to Myers.

Dates: 19140724

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward about the portrait of her husband, Professor James Ward, 19140317

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/11
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward thanks Myers for the 'photogravure' of the portrait that has been sent to them, which they are very pleased with. She also proposes the idea of a gallery of portraits of Cambridge men in the Fitzwilliam Museum: this could include portraits like the one of her husband on permanent display, and temporary loans from other collections to add interest.

Dates: 19140317

Letter to Myers from Mary Ward, wife of Professor James Ward, about the choice of artist for her husband's portrait, 19130601

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/4
Scope and Contents

Mary Ward apologises for having been late to reply, explaining that her husband knows little of modern artists and so has no particular opinion or preference on the choice of artist.

Dates: 19130601

Letter to Myers from the Rev. W. R. Sorley of St Giles, Chesterton, about the choice of someone to present Ward's portrait, 19140202

Reference Code: GBR/3377/CSMyers/1/10
Scope and Contents

Sorley reports that Jackson declines the invitation to present the portrait as he feels he is not sufficiently conversant with Ward's writings. Sorley does not think that the Master of Trinity is the right person either, so suggests that Bertrand Russell be asked.

Dates: 19140202