Collected Archives - T-Z
The National Portrait Gallery Archive has recently begun a project to improve descriptions of its Collected Archives. New descriptions, providing greater information on the contents of the archives listed below, are gradually being added to the archive catalogue.
Jacob Tonson, 1655-1736, publisher and secretary of the Kit Cat Club
Jacob Tonson, 1682-1735
Richard Tonson, 1717-1772
William Baker, administrator of Richard Tonson
Tonson family papers, c. 1641 - 1823. 8 boxes ; 41 cm. Papers of Jacob Tonson, 1655-1736, publisher and secretary of the Kit Cat Club, and his family and heirs, including Richard Tonson and William Baker. Comprises legal documents, including deeds, leases and wills, and accounts and financial records relating to property owned by the Tonson family. Box 1 includes material concerning the Kit Cat Club portraits and relates to NPG 3193-3235. Hand-list of contents with the collection. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
Copy of the will of Jacob Tonson, after 1735. 1 volume (40 p. and 5 loose leaves) ; 39 cm. Comprises an incomplete copy of the will of Jacob Tonson, 1682-1735, with margin notes (pp. 1-15), and other notes. Includes 5 loose leaves, c. 1776, that appear to relate to the settlement of the estate of Richard Tonson, 1717-1772. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
Account book, 1767 - 1771. 1 volume (8, 115 p.) ; 38 cm. Contains records of receipts and payments in connection with property, including servants' wages, building maintenance, rents and mortgages. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
Executor book : manuscript, 1767 - 1772. 1 volume (72 leaves) ; 23 cm. Contains receipts, pasted to the leaves of the volume, relating to the settlement of legacies from the will of Jacob Tonson, 1714-1767, by his brother and executor Richard Tonson, 1717-1772. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
An account of securitys & personalties found in the house of Richard Tonson Esq. in his dwelling house at Water Oakley this 19th day of Oct. 1772 : manuscript, 1772. 1 volume (8 p. and 1 loose leaf.) ; 21 cm. Contains records of notes of hand, assignments of leases, mortgages, bonds, and cash found in the house, together with a loose leaf at the front of the volume inscribed 'Copy of Mr Mosely's will'. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
William Baker account books relating to the estate of Richard Tonson, 1772 - 1783. 3 volumes ; 38 cm or smaller. William Baker was the administrator of the estate of Richard Tonson, 1717-1772. 1st volume titled 'Heirs of Richard Tonson', 1772-1774. 2nd volume titled on cover 'Accompt William Baker with Heirs of Richard Tonson', 1772-1776. 3rd volume titled on cover 'Estate of Richard Tonson Esqr. decd. October 9th 1772. William Baker administrator', 1772-1783. These volumes contain Baker's records concerning the settlement of Tonson's estate. Volume 2 includes a loose-leaf summary of Tonson's accounts and volume 3 includes at the front a copy of his will. Purchase, Dobell of Tunbridge Wells, 1945.
Robert Tull, c.1731-1758
Craftsman and frame-maker
Account book of Robert Tull, 1753 - 1758 ; 1 volume ; 33 cm. Robert Tull was a jobbing craftsman who for a period acted as a sub-contractor to leading Huguenot picture framemakers such as Gosset (probably Jacob Gosset, to whom Tull was apprenticed from 1745 to c. 1752), Jean Antoine Cuenot and Paul Petit. His association with Jacobite engraver Sir Robert Strange and Scottish pastel portrait painter Catharine Read brought him numerous customers from the aristocracy and gentry. The account book comprises 93 leaves and was used by Tull from 8 March 1753 until 27 December 1757 and then by John Bandy who took responsibility for completing work in hand after Tull’s death and gathering in sums owed; with evidence of later use by other unnamed persons. Gift, Jacob Simon, 2011.
For portraits of the Vernatti family in The Netherlands see KRETSCHMAR
William Walker, floriut 1860-1900
Letters to William Walker, 1855-1906. 1 box ; 42 cm. Comprises 66 autograph letters to Walker concerning his photographic business, including arrangements for portraits, appointments for sittings and occasional comments about the results. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Purchase, John Wilson Manuscripts, 2005.
Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, 1717-1797
Charles and John Watkins, floruit 1857-1876
Photographers in London
Letters to Charles and John Watkins and others, c. 1840 - 1889. 1 volume (113 p.) ; 28 cm. Album titled 'Autographs - The Hood Monument'. Contains 135 autograph letters, mostly addressed to Charles and John Watkins, concerning appointments, photographic orders, some relating to a memorial for the poet Thomas Hood (1799-1845). With 3 photographs (pp. 6-7, 85), 2 drawings (pp. 17, 109) and signatures apparently removed from letters. Typescript list of contents, compiled 1991, at front of volume. Purchase, Ben Weinreb, 1987.
George Frederic Watts, 1817-1904, painter and sculptor
Mary Seton Watts, 1849-1938, wife of George Frederic Watts
George Frederic Watts correspondence, 1847 - 1904. 14 volumes ; 31 cm. Plus 4 boxes ; 42 cm. Albums numbered 1-15 (volume 6 missing). Assembled by the artist's widow Mary Seton Watts, 1849-1938, in preparation for her biography of Watts, published in 1912. Comprises autograph letters to and from Watts and transcriptions of letters by Watts, 1847-1904, and letters to Mary Seton Watts concerning her husband's correspondence, 1905-1925. Loose letters, which were removed from the albums for sale as separate lots, and which were purchased by the Gallery, are filed alphabetically by correspondent in 4 boxes. Purchase, Sotheby's, 1979.
[Formerly MS 70-84, 84a, reference numbers now superseded]
These records have now been catalogued as GFW/1.
Album of photographs of portraits by George Frederic Watts. 1 v. ; 47 cm. Album contains 106 mounted photographs of portraits by George Frederic Watts. The sitters' names are recorded beneath the photographs in an unidentified hand. Upper cover of binding embossed: 'G.F. Watts, R.A. Portraits' and 'Fredk. Hollyer, [?] Pembroke Square'. Gift, Christopher Gibbs, 1975.
[Formerly MS 189, reference number now superseded]
These records have now been catalogued as GFW/2.
Albert Way, 1805-1874
Albert Way notes, sketches and correspondence, c.1857-62. 1 v. ; 22cm. Volume comprises 87 leaves, some containing notes about particular portraits of Mary Queen of Scots, inter-leaved with loose research notes, sketches, correspondence, cuttings and off-prints relating to portraits of Mary Queen of Scots. Gift, Miss Way, 1907.
Barbara Whittingham-Jones, 1907-1958
England’s royal family in the Middle Ages: index to portraits : typescript, 1950s / by Barbara Whittingham-Jones. 1 folder (40 leaves) ; 33 cm. Comprises list of portraits identified by Barbara Whittingham-Jones during the 1950s for a proposed book of Medieval royal portraits, c.1307 – c. 1485. Gift, Barbara Whittingham-Jones, 1950s.
© Tom Hustler
Dorothy Wilding, 1893-1976
Photographer, active London and New York, 1915-1958
Dorothy Wilding studio ledger and sitters book, New York, 15 November 1937 - 25 May 1956. 1 volume (496 p.) ; 37 cm. Comprises an index of sitters’ names (pp. 1-62) and a chronological list of sittings (pp. 64-272). Gift of the photographer's sister, Mrs Susan Morton, 1976.
Dorothy Wilding day book, New York, 1946. 1 volume (223 p.) ; 31 cm. Comprises an index of sitters’ names (pp. 2-28 unnumbered) and details of sittings and payments arranged in date order (pp. 2-193 numbered). Gift of the photographer's sister, Mrs Susan Morton, 1976.
Dorothy Wilding day book, New York, 1947. 1 volume (176 p.) ; 31 cm. Comprises an index of sitters’ names (pp. 2-28 unnumbered) and details of sittings and payments arranged in date order (pp. 2-148 numbered). Gift of the photographer's sister, Mrs Susan Morton, 1976.
Dorothy Wilding day book, New York, 1951. 1 volume (129 p.) ; 31 cm. Comprises an index of sitters’ names (pp. 3-16 unnumbered) and details of sittings and payments arranged in date order (pp. 1-113 numbered). Gift of the photographer's sister, Mrs Susan Morton, 1976.
Joseph Wright, 1734-1797
Painter, born at Derby where he practised as portrait painter
Joseph Wright of Derby account book, c. 1760 - 1797. 1 volume (75 leaves) ; 20 cm. Contains accounts for 1760 to 1797, including lists of sitters by town, and notes on making a pallet and preparing a canvas (folios 67-68, 74-75), subjects for night pieces (fols 7-8v) and 3 drawings (folios 1, 69, 72v). Purchase, Sotheby's, 1957.
See Judy Egerton Wright of Derby (London: Tate Gallery, 1990), p. 155.
Madame Yevonde, 1893-1975
Madame Yevonde studio ledgers and day books. January 1923 – May 1975. 12 volumes ; 34 cm. Arranged chronologically, each volume contains sitters’ names and addresses, negative numbers, order and payment details with an index of sitters’ names at the front of each volume. Purchase, Yevonde Portrait Archive, 2008.