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HAYES, John Trevor (1929-2005)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3010 PMC/John Hayes
Held at: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
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Full title: HAYES, John Trevor (1929-2005)
Date(s): [1960]-2005
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 37 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hayes | John Trevor | 1929-2005 | art historian | museum director


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 21 January 1929; educated at Ardingly College; studied modern history at Keble College, Oxford, graduating in 1951; studied history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art gaining a postgraduate diploma in 1954 and PhD in 1962 with his thesis on the landscape painting of Thomas Gainsborough. Appointed assistant keeper of the London Museum, 1954 and director 1970; director of the National Portrait Gallery, 1974–1994; he published and curated exhibitions on a wide range of artists , his specialist subject remaining Gainsborough. Chair of the Walpole Society 1981-1996 and Vice-President 1996-2005; elected to Society of Antiquaries, 1971, appointed CBE 1986, Died 25 December 2005. Publications: include: A catalogue of watercolour drawings by Thomas Rowlandson in the London Museum, HMSO, 1960; Landscapes by Thomas Gainsborough, Nottingham University Art Gallery, 1962; The drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, Zwemmer, c1970; Catalogue of the oil paintings in the London Museum : with an introduction on painters and the London scene from the fifteenth century, H.M.S.O, 1970; Gainsborough as printmaker, Zwemmer, c1971; Rowlandson : watercolours and drawings, Phaidon Press, 1972; Gainsborough : paintings and drawings, Phaidon, 1975; Portraits by Graham Sutherland National Portrait Gallery, 1977; The art of Graham Sutherland, Phaidon, 1980; Thomas Gainsborough, Tate Gallery, 1980; The landscape paintings of Thomas Gainsborough : a critical text and catalogue raisonné, Philip Wilson for Sotheby Publications, 1982; Gainsborough drawings : a supplement to the catalogue raisonné, Master Drawings Association, 1983; The portrait in British art : masterpieces bought with the help of the National Art-Collections Fund, National Portrait Gallery, 1991; British paintings of the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, Cambridge University Press, 1993; Galinou, Mireille and Hayes, John, London in paint : oil paintings in the collection at the Museum of London, Museum of London, 1996; The letters of Thomas Gainsborough, Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 2001.


Scope and content/abstract:

Research papers of John Hayes, [1960]-2005, containing material relating to many of Hayes’ publications or proposed publications principally on Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Rowlandson, Graham Sutherland and his unpublished catalogue for the Cincinnati Art Museum. The archive consists of notes, images (photographs, colour transparencies, slides, photocopies), copies and transcripts of original source material, correspondence, press cuttings and publications. There are off-prints of many of his journal articles. The collection includes an earlier gift of a large set of photographic files of Gainsborough’s landscapes, portraits and prints and a smaller set on Gainsborough Dupont.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Archives can be consulted by appointment. Please contact the Archivist at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archivist at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Finding aids:

This collection is not catalogued and is part of a three year cataloguing programme. The catalogue will be available online through The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The archive comprises research papers rather than business or personal papers. The archive was collected from John Hayes' house in 2005.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed by John Hayes, 2005.

Allied Materials

Related material:

John Hayes Papers, National Portrait Gallery.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
August 2010

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