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Other archive material relating to Philip de László in the National Portrait Gallery

Photograph albums

De László commissioned the photographer Paul Laib (1869-1958) to photograph his finished portraits before they left his studio.  The Gallery holds 19 folio-sized albums containing prints of photographs taken by Laib between 1900 and1937.

The photographs are arranged chronologically within albums with some overlap of years between albums. 

The earliest album is annotated at the front by the artist: 'Record of my works, 1916' and many of the photographs are identified in the artist's hand with sitter name and date of work. 

Laib's original negatives and record sheets are held by the Courtauld Institute of Art.

The Gallery holds a photocopied set of record sheets for Laib's photographs of portraits painted by de László, arranged alphabetically by sitter name.  Each entry contains the photographer's negative number for that portrait and a copy of his photograph.  Cross-references to de László's sitter book have been added in a later hand. 

Sitters' books

The Gallery holds photocopies of Philip de László's sitters' books for the years 1899 - 1937 made from the originals in the possession of Damon de Laszlo, 1981, and now held at The British Library, Department of Manuscripts (Document Numbers: 45. 095 and 45. 096). 

The originals comprise 2 volumes (volume 1 for 1899-1915 and volume 2 for 1916-1937) and contain the signatures of visitors to the artist's studio. 

Artist boxes

The Heinz Archive and Library holds seven boxes of images (including illustrations cut from auction catalogues, photographs, including copy prints of the photographs taken by Paul Laib, and other reproductions) of portraits by Philip de László. 

These images are arranged in separate sequences for portraits of men and women and dated and undated works. 


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