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Correspondence, biographical notes and printed leaflets collected by Alfred Yockney


Reference code(s): GB 0070 TGA 724

Held at: Tate Britain

Title: Correspondence, biographical notes and printed leaflets collected by Alfred Yockney

Date(s): 1902-1957

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box of papers and 3 volumes

Name of creator(s): Yockney | Alfred | 1878-1963 | art curator and writer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred Yockney (1878-1963) aka A Y, was primarily associated with West End picture galleries and art publishers throughout his career. However, in July 1916, he joined Wellington House and moved to the British War Memorials Committee as Secretary in February 1918. When the BMC was dissolved he was transferred to the Imperial War Museum on 1 January 1919 'to carry the erstwhile Museum of Information art memorial scheme to its conclusion'; his work being the supervision of the official artists and the organisation of the collection of works of art. He was appointed to the Museum's Art Sub-committee on 31 December 1919. However, Yockney soon tired of the endless battles with the Services committees at the Museum, and after successfully organising the National War Art Exhibition at the Royal Academy in December 1920, he resigned. Following his stint at the Museum, he returned to the commercial world first to Colnaghi's and then to Dunthorne's of Vigo Street; the print and etching gallery. As well as curating, writing articles for art periodicals and editing 'Art Journal', Yockney was also one of the directors of the Art Exhibitions Bureau; a precursor to CEMA and the Arts Council.


Scope and content/abstract:

Alfred Yockney was an art writer and curator primarily associated with West End galleries and art publishers. This collection consists mainly of his correspondence with artists and members of the art world as part of his work as the editor of Art Journal and as secretary to the British War Memorials Committee. It also contains numerous sets of notes about artists as preparation for articles. The collection includes printed leaflets and extracts from exhibition catalogues and newspapers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection is mainly arranged in [the original] alphabetical order, except TGA 724/1-44 which contains letters and papers relating to particular topics including the Moore family, war artists and the sale of Yockney's library to the Tate. TGA 724/45-208, TGA 724/209-271 and TGA 724/272 form three separate sections of notes and letters arranged alphabetically by artist.

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 Yockney, 1960.


Related material:

Eight Yockney notebooks of artists biographies and lists of exhibitions and galleries (TGA 7316); unsigned postcard to Yockney, 1941 (TGA 961/21); references to Yockney in the correspondence of Walter Greaves, 1919-1922 (TGA 8314/3/1/4) and the Goupil Gallery, 1936-1937 (TGA 8314/1/3); and a biography of Ernest Crofts RA by Yockney, 1916 (TGA 931/18).


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

War memorials | Monuments | Architecture
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Yockney | Alfred | 1878-1963 | art curator and writer

Corporate names
British War Memorials Committee