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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1518 CI/HAH
Held at: Courtauld Institute of Art
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Full title: HAMMELMANN / BOASE papers
Date(s): 1740-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hammelmann | Hanns Andreas | fl 1950-1969 | lawyer and arts author
Boase | Thomas Sherrer Ross | 1898-1974 | historian and arts administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

H A Hammelmann was a qualified lawyer who made eighteenth century book illustration his special interest and life's work. He died in 1969.

T S R Boase (1898-1974) was Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art and Professor of History of Art, University of London, 1937-1947 and President of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1947-1968. He was also a Fellow of the British Academy, 1961, Trustee of the National Gallery, 1947-1953, and British Museum, 1950-1969 and a member of the Advisory Council of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1947-1970.

Publications: by Hammelmann: Book Illustrators in Eighteenth-century England (Yale University Press, 1975); Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Bowes & Bowes, London, 1957). Articles: The Book Handbook, later, The Book Collector: 'English Eighteenth-century Book Illustrators' BH Vol 2 No 3, p 127 (September 1951); 'Gravelot in England' BH Vol 2 No 4, p 176 (March 1952); 'Isaac Taylor the Elder' BC Vol 1 No 1, p 14 (Spring 1952); 'Samuel Wale R.A' BC Vol 1 No 3, p 150 (Autumn 1952); 'Francis Hayman, R.A' BC Vol 2 No 2, p 116 (Summer 1953); 'Anthony Walker' BC Vol 3 No 2 (Summer 1954); 'Henry Fuseli' BC Vol 6 No 4, p 350 (Winter 1957); 'John Vanderbank' BC Vol 17 no 3 (Autumn 1968); from Country Life: 'A Master of Illustration' [Isaac Taylor] Vol CVII, p 1876 (1950); 'Engraved Title-pages of the 18th Century' Vol CVIII, p 1281 (1950); 'Old English Almanacs' Country Life Annual, p 167 (1952); 'The Art of Francis Hayman' Vol CXVI, p 1258 (1954); 'Some 18th Century Drawing-books' Vol CXVI, p 1756 (1954); 'A Neglected Artist's Sketchbook' [Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg] Country Life Annual, p 152 (1956); 'Miniature Libraries for Children' Vol CXXII, p 1420 (1957); 'An English Baroque Illustrator' [John Sturt] Country Life Annual, p 111 (1957); 'An Illustrator of Georgian London' [Samuel Wale] Vol CXXIV, p 1333 (1958); 'Portrayer of 18th Century Cockneys' [Louis Philippe Boitard] Vol CXXVI, p 356 (1959); 'A French Master of English Illustration: Gravelot's Years in London' Vol CXXVI, p 1085 (1959); 'Bookbinder with a Noble Touch: The Comte de Caumont' Vol CXXXVI, p 1573 (1964); 'French Designer of English Ornaments: the Work of Simon Gribelin' Country Life Annual, p 29 (1964); 'German Engraver in Georgian London' [Johann Müller] Vol CXXXVIII, p 560 (1965); 'A Draughtsman in Hogarth's Shadow: The Drawings of John Vanderbank' Vol CXLI, p 32 (1967); 'First Engraver at the Royal Academy' [Thomas Major] Vol CXLII, p 616 (1967); 'Queen Victoria's Etchings' Vol CXLIII, p 878 (1968); 'A Georgian Guide to Deportment' Vol CXLIII, p 1272 (1968); 'Edward Burney's Drawings' Vol CXLIII, p 1504 (1968); 'Music-making at Home' Vol CXLIV, p 1052 (1968); 'A Venetian View of Peasant Life' Vol CXLIV, p 1198 (1968); 'Etcher with a Velvet Tone: Thomas Worlidge' Vol CXLV, p 414 (1969); 'Pioneers of Space Travel' Vol CXLVI, p 66 (1969); 'The Poet's Seasons Delineated' [Illustrators of J. Thomson's poem "The Seasons", from its first publication in 1730, onwards] Country Life Annual, p 52 (1970); from Apollo: 'Shakespeare's First Illustrators' Vol 88, suppl p 1-4 (August 1968); from The Connoisseur: 'Shakespeare Illustration: the Earliest Known Originals' Vol 141 pp 144-9 (April 1958); 'Anthony Walker: A gifted engraver and illustrator' Vol 168 pp 167-74 (July 1968); from Master Drawings: 'John Vanderbank's Don Quixote' Vol 7 No 1, pp 3-15 (Spring 1969); from the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes: 'Two Eighteenth-century frontispieces' Vol XXXI pp 448-449 (1968).
By Boase: from the British Museum Quarterly: 'An extra-illustrated second folio of Shakespeare' Vol XX pp 4-8 (March 1955); from the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes: 'Illustrations of Shakespeare's plays in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries' Vol X pp 83-108 (1947); 'Macklin and Bowyer' Vol XXVI pp 148-77 (1963); 'Biblical Illustration in Nineteenth-century English Art' Vol XXIX pp 349-67 (1966).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Hans Andreas Hammelmann, comprising working files, compiled [1950]-1969, arranged by artist, containing photographs of pictures, correspondence and articles, for the artists: David Allan, Peter Angelles, P Angier, William Austin, Antonio Baratti, Francis Barlow, Bernard Baron, Francesco Bartolozzi, Basire, Baumgarten, Anthony Benoist, Benoit, Thomas Bewick, George Bickham, Nicholas Blakey, François Boitard, Louis Philippe Boitard, Jacob Bonneau, F Boucher, Bowyer, Edward Francesco Burney, Charles Catton Jnr, Louis Cheron, J B Cipriani, B Cole, William Cole, John Collins, Collyer, Bartholomew Dandridge, Delacroix, John Devoto, Claude Dubosc, John Ellis, Paul Fourdrinier, Alexandre-Evariste Fragonard, Jean Honoré Fragonard, Fuseli (son), Henry Fuseli, John Gilpin, Sawrey Gilpin, Joseph Goupy, Hubert Gravelot, Simon Gribelin, Moses Griffith, Simon Grignion, Joseph Grisoni, Louis Du Guernier, Sir William Hamilton, Jonas Hanway, Francis Hayman, Joseph Highmore, William Hogarth, James Hulett, Walter Jackson, William Kent, Elisha Kirkall, Knapton, Marcellus Laroon, Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, Thomas Major, J Marchant, Mercier, Conrad Metz, John Hamilton Mortimer, George Michael Moser, Johann Sebastian Muller, John Nixon, Pietro Antonio Novelli, Piazetta, John Pine, Arthur Pond, Ravenet, William Wynne Ryland, Paul Sandby, T Sandby, G Scotin, Robert Smirke, Stendhal, Thomas Stothard, John Sturt, Tardieu, Isaac Taylor, Sir James Thornhill, John Tinney, John Vanderbank, Van der Gucht family, Vivares, Samuel Wale, Anthony Walker, Antoine Watteau, John Webber, Richard Westall, George M Woodward, John Wootton, Thomas Worlidge;
photographs, photocopies and notes relating to eighteenth century book illustrations, compiled [1950]-1969; correspondence relating to specific artists and general matters, some with photographs and articles, 1950-1969, notably from the National Gallery of Scotland, 1950, Professor Lawrence Gowing, 1953, National Gallery of Ireland, 1969, Ashmolean Museum, 1959, 1966, British Museum, 1966, Bibliotheca Nacional, Madrid, 1968, Nottingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1951, Courtauld Institute, Witt Library, 1952, Bodleian Library, 1952, Royal Library, Windsor, 1967, Ruskin Galleries, Isle of Wight, 1967, Lewis Walpole Library, Connecticut, 1969;
papers of T S R Boase, 1953-[1974], comprising printed articles, exhibition catalogues, correspondence and two card indices, one of eighteenth century artists and illustrators, and one of authors; original prints and autographs, 1740, 1780 and undated, notably six prints of paintings in Vauxhall Gardens by Francis Hayman; three letters with autographs, 1795-1931; miscellaneous items, [1950s-1960s], including card indices on eighteenth century illustrated books and literature, cuttings from catalogues, photographs of Hammelmann 's friends/family, Victorian book illustrations; general articles and publications, 1864-1969, some by Hammelmann.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, German.

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in seven sections: working files, copies of eighteenth century book illustrations, correspondence, Boase's papers, original prints and autographs, miscellaneous and general articles and publications.

Conditions governing access:

Initial applications should be made to the Deputy Librarian, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R ORN. At least one week's notice is generally required for access to archival material.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Material may be photocopied subject to the approval of the Librarian or Archivist, and provided it does not breach the provisions of the Copyright Act, 1988.

Finding aids:

A detailed catalogue is available in the Courtauld Institute Library. This includes an index of all artists mentioned in the papers, and a subject index including authors, book titles and more general subjects.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers are largely a result of Hammelmann's work producing numerous articles, and his commission to write a book on eighteenth century book illustration. He continued to work up to his death in the autumn of 1969, and shortly after his correspondence was reunited with the main body of his files in Italy. His papers were donated to the Courtauld Institute in 1971, where some notes and labelling were undertaken. T S R Boase agreed to continue the task of editing his work, and the papers were handed over to him. After Boase's death in 1974 his work was completed by Nicholas Barker and Margaret Cawkwell. The papers were later returned to the Courtauld, along with Boase's own papers, some of which are included in this collection. The collection has been sorted as far as possible to reflect Hammelmann's own system.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Courtauld Institute in 1971.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Courtauld holds the papers of T S R Boase, 1930s-1972, (ref: CI/TSRB).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1995); Courtauld Institute of Art catalogue; British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2000

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