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WOLMARK, Alfred - Letters, papers, artworks, photographs and press cuttings


Reference code(s): GB 0070 TGA 721

Held at: Tate Britain

Title: WOLMARK, Alfred - Letters, papers, artworks, photographs and press cuttings

Date(s): 1895-1966

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 boxes of papers

Name of creator(s): Wolmark | Alfred Aaron | 1877-1961 | painter and decorative artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred Wolmark was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to England as a child in 1883. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a silver medal for drawing, between 1895 and 1897. His first one-man show was at the Bruton Galleries in London in 1905. In 1911, he produced designs for Serge Diaghilev's ballets. He married Bessie Tapper in 1911 and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1915 Wolmark was one of the founders of the Ben Uri Art Society, where a memorial exhibition was held in 1961. Wolmark was influenced by the Post-Impressionists and knew Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (who modelled a bust of him). He died in London in 1961. Biographical information is included in the exhibition catalogues, 'Alfred Wolmark, 1877-1961: Memorial Exhibition of Paintings' (Ben Uri Art Gallery, 1961) and 'Alfred Wolmark' (Fine Art Society, 1970).


Scope and content/abstract:

Alfred Wolmark was a painter whose range included figurative, landscape and graphic art. The papers and sketches in this collection reflect the various areas and influences in his life and work. The collection includes sketches, transcripts of his lectures, a diary, examples of posters and programmes designed by him, lists of his works, and correspondence with friends, associates and possible sitters.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Reference number TGA 721/26 has not been used.

Conditions governing access:

Open. Access to all registered users

Conditions governing reproduction:

Usual copyright restrictions apply

Finding aids:

Paper list available

Detailed catalogue


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Alfred Wolmark's son Eric Wolmark in 1972.


Existence and location of copies:

The majority of the collection is available on microfiche.

Related material:

Letters from Wolmark can be found in the papers of Michael Sadler (TGA 8221). Three private view cards are held in the private view card collection and the Tate library holds numerous exhibition catalogues and volumes of 'Colour'. Papers relating to Wolmark are also held at the Imperial War Museum.


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Suzanne Keyte for AIM25 from the Tate Archive catalogue

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with the General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD (G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2004

Diaries | Nonfiction
Painters | Artists
Painting | Fine arts
Primary documents

Personal names
Wolmark | Alfred Aaron | 1877-1961 | painter and decorative artist

Corporate names