Collected Archives - J-M

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.

MS 128

MS 128

Richard Jeffree, d. 1991   
Art historian

Richard Jeffree research papers, c. 1970 – 1990.  27 boxes ; 41 cm (1 extra large 77 cm).  Plus 2 card index drawers.  Comprises 211 numbered files of notes, drafts of articles and lectures, photographs, slides, photocopies of articles and correspondence and 2 card indexes of sitters.  Relates mainly to the portrait painter Mary Beale, 1633-1699, but includes material about other artists, much of which relates to Jeffree’s entries for the Macmillan Dictionary of Art.  Handlist of files with the collection.  Bequest, Richard Jeffree, 1993.   

MS 128

Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson research papers, c. 1974 - 1978.  2 boxes ; 37 cm.  Comprises 9 files of notes, photographs, photocopied articles and correspondence, with 4 pamphlets, relating to a proposed biography of Cornish sculptor Neville Northey Burnard, 1818-1878.  Includes material relating to Burnard's monument in Sheffield of 'the corn-law rhymer' Ebenezer Elliott, 1781-1849.  Acquired, after 1978.       

MS 117   

Harold Isherwood Kay, 1893-1938
Keeper of the National Gallery 1934-1938

Harold Isherwood Kay research papers, c. 1930 - 1938.  2 boxes ; 37 cm.   Comprises 12 files of notes and correspondence relating to Thomas Gainsborough and 3 files of annotated sales catalogues relating to Gainsborough, John Sell Cotman and Philip Wilson Steer.  Acquired, 1979.

MS 46

List of Harold Isherwood Kay’s note books about private collections : manuscript, undated. 1 folder (15 leaves) ; 33 cm. Lists 3 or 4 unnumbered notebooks, 1931 or earlier, and 28 numbered notebooks, 1929 – 1938, with names of owners and house or collection.

MS 196


MS 162

MS 162

Archibald J. Keightley
Administrator of the estate of the portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence

Keightley, Archibald J.    Archibald J. Keightley claims and accounts concerning the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1830 - 1834 :  photographic copy, 1938.  1 volume (173, 11, 16 leaves) ; 24 cm.  Comprises copies of original volumes titled: 'Claims of works of art, books &c. under the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence', with typescript index at front; 'Estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence: receipts' and 'Estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence: expenditure'.  Photographed from the manuscripts in the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1938.

MS 159   

Archibald J. Keightley receipts concerning the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1830 - 1836 :  photographic copy, 1938.  1 volume (103 leaves) ; 25 cm.    Comprises receipts for portraits, mainly unfinished works, removed by Keightley from the Lawrence's residence after his death in settlement of the artist's estate.  Photographed from the manuscripts in the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1938.       

MS 160   

Archibald J. Keightley petty cash book relating to the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1830 - 1834 :  photographic copy, 1938.  1 volume (6 leaves) ; 22 cm.  Titled 'Estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence: petty cash expend[itur]e'.  Photographed from the manuscripts in the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1938.

MS 161   

Letters to Archibald J. Keightley concerning the estate of Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1830 - 1831.  1 folder (37 items) ; 38 cm.    Comprises 35 letters and 2 extracts of letters addressed to Keightley from various of Lawrence's sitters concerning portraits and the settlement of the artist's estate.  Purchase, G.W. Michelmore, 1942.
MS 162   


Sir Gerald Kelly, 1879-1972
Painter and President of the Royal Academy

Sir Gerald Kelly archive of photographs and facsimiles of works of art, c. 1903 - 1966.  12 boxes ; 49 cm.  1 box of glass plate negatives.  1 folder of outsize material.  3 card index drawers. Comprises photographs of  the artist's paintings (4 boxes), photographs of Far Eastern subjects and the Great Wall of China (2 boxes), facsimiles of works by other artists collected for reference purposes (6 boxes and 1 folder), glass plate negatives (1 box) and an index of portraits and landscapes by Kelly (3 index card drawers). Gift, Lady Kelly, 1980.       

MS 184       



Sydney D. Kitson   

Catalogue of the collection of drawings by John Sell Cotman made between March 1924 & May 1937 by Sydney D. Kitson of Thornbury House, Kidlington, Oxon : typescript with manuscript annotations, after 1937 / compiled by Sidney D. Kitson.  1 item (228 leaves in box file) ; 33 cm.  Catalogue of Cotman drawings collected by Kitson between 1924 and 1937.  Acquired before 1976.       

MS 39   

Frederik van Kretschmar

Genealogy and photographic record of portraits of the Vernatti family, compiled and presented by Frederik van Kretschmar to Mrs M Noel, 1959-1961. 1 box (9 folders) ; 41 cm.  Comprises: covering letter to Mrs Noel, dated 31 August 1959 (folder 1); typescript genealogy with index, compiled summer 1959 (folder 2); tabular synopsis of the genealogy (folder 3); typescript translation with added footnotes of a manuscript chronicle of the Vernatti family by Sir Louis Philibert Vernatti in the Kretschmar family archives (folder 4); photographs of portraits in the possession of the Kretschmar family (folder 5); hand-written account of the Vernatti portraits, compiled July 1961 (folder 6); photographs of portraits in the Kretschmar and Noel collections (folder 7); photographs of miscellaneous portraits (folder 8) and an article about the Noel collection from The farmers weekly, 24 December 1952.  Gift, Sir John Guinness, 2008.

MS 193
Paul Laib, floruit 1898
Fine art photographer

Copy of the last record book of photographs by Paul Laib : typescript, undated.  1 item (434 leaves in box file) ; 37 cm.  Comprises lists of works photographed, arranged by artist or collection, with Laib negative numbers.  Gift, John Sunderland, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1975.       
MS 90   

See also DE LÁSZLÓ


Richard James Lane, 1800-1872
Line-engraver and lithographer

MS 56

MS 56

Richard James Lane account books, 1826 - 1868.  5 volumes ; 18 cm or smaller.    Volume 1 titled 'Lithographic drawings, when finished, for whom drawn and at what price', 1826-1835; volume 2, 1835-1846; and volume 3, 1847-1868.  Volume 4 titled 'Money received' [sic], 1826-1834; and volume 5, also containing records of money received, 1835-1842.  Acquired with the family collection of lithographs by R.J. Lane.  Gift, Dr A. Lane Poole, 1956.       

MS 56-60

MS 63

MS 63

Richard James Lane correspondence, 1825 - 1872.  3 volumes ; 25 cm or smaller.  Letters to Lane arranged in broad chronological order in 2 octavo and 1 quarto volumes.  Volume 1 contains letters dated 1825-1854, plus 2 letters dated 1872 (255 items).  Volume 2, inscribed 'Letters relating to Business', covers the years 1854-1866 (139 items) and volume 3, 1827-1872 (159 items).  Acquired with the family collection of lithographs by R.J. Lane.  Gift, Dr A. Lane Poole, 1956.

MS 61-63
Index to letters to R[ichard] J[ames] Lane  in 3 vols : manuscript, undated.  1 volume (81, 8 leaves) ; 18 cm.  Inserted at the end of the volume are a letter, with notes, from the artist's daughter Clara S. Lane, 12/6/1913, and an extract from the 'Girlhood of Queen Victoria' in another hand, concerning sittings by the Queen and Lane's drawings of her; together with a list of portraits drawn by Count d'Orsay and lithographed by Lane.  Acquired with the family collection of lithographs by R.J. Lane.  Gift, Dr A. Lane Poole, 1956.

MS 64   
Card index to the Lane family collection of lithographs by Richard James Lane  : manuscript, undated. 2 boxes ; 10 cm.  Card index arranged alphabetically by sitter with coded references to the location of lithographs within the collection.  Acquired with the family collection of lithographs by R.J. Lane.  Gift, Dr A. Lane Poole, 1956.
MS 65


MS 164

MS 164


Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1769-1830, portrait painter
Valuation of effects of Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA deceased : manuscript, 1830.  2 items (7, 8 p.); 33 cm or smaller. Both items comprise lists of portraits, engravings, furniture and other personal effects of the artist with valuations. Later annotations in the margins record the names of purchasers and dates of payment. Purchase, G.W. Michelmore, 1951.

MS 164-165   

See also GARLICK


See also LYSONS


Lely, Sir Peter, 1618-1680
Portrait painter, settled in England, 1641



Lenare, active 1924-1977
Portrait photography studio

Lenare photography studio day books, London, 1936 - 1969.  6 v. ; 29 cm.  Lenare, active 1924-1977, portrait photography studio founded by and operated by Leonard Green in 1924, subsequently by his assistant John Cawthorne until closure in 1977.  Volumes cover the years: 1936-40, 1940-5, 1945-51, 1951-6, 1956-61, 1961-9.  Arranged alphabetically within each volume and record sitter names and negative numbers.  Gift, John K. Cawthorne, 1977.        

See Lenare: the Art of Society Photography 1924-1977, compiled and edited by Nicholas de Ville, introductory essay by Anthony Haden-Guest (London: Allen Lane, 1981).

MS 171-176   



MS 163

MS 163


Samuel Lysons, 1763-1819

Inventory of paintings, drawings and furniture belonging to Samuel Lysons : manuscript, after 1805 / Samuel Lysons.  1 item (3 leaves) ; 26 cm.  Lists items in the 'Little Room' and Library with valuations.  Includes several paintings and drawings by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1769-1830, which were sold in 1887.  Undated by paper watermarked 1805.  Acquired, 20th century.

MS 163



Neil MacLaren
Member of staff at the National Gallery

Christie's painted and stencilled markings on the backs of pictures : photostat of typescript, c.1951 / compiled by N[eil] MacLaren.  1 volume (3, 20 leaves) ; 29 cm.  Record of the reference numbers entered in the daybook and painted or stencilled on the backs of pictures when received at Christies, 1811-1951.  Compiled from Christie's records by Neil MacLaren of the National Gallery.  Acquired 1956.       

MS 38   


Mary Queen of Scots, 1542-1587
Reigned 1542-1567

For portraits of Mary Queen of Scots see WAY


Sir John Everett Millais, 1829-1896
Painter and President of the Royal Academy of Arts



William Edwards Miller, active 1873-1929

Sitter book of William Edwards Miller, artist 1874-1910

1 volume

Sitter book maintained by William Edwards Miller, artist (active 1873-1929), draughtsman. Artist associated with 3 portraits in the NPG's Collections (NPG 1933; NPG D20764; NPG D38433)

Gift, James A. Hannah, 2014.


Sir Thomas More, 1478-1535
Lord Chancellor of England and author

For the portrait of Sir Thomas More and his family see SOTHEBY