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THM/440 - Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema Correspondence

Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema Correspondence

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This material is held atV&A Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440
Dates of Creation1892-1900
Name of Creator Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Language of Material English
Physical Description 10 items

Scope and Content

Collection contains correspondence from Lawrence Alma Tadema about costume design with his collaborator Charles Karl of Nathan's the Costumiers; including one letter from Laura Alma Tadema to Karl, and a letter from Alma Tadema to Joseph Comyns Carr.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (1836-1912) was born Lorenz Alma Tadema in the Netherlands. At 16 he began formal art training in Antwerp at the Academy of Art followed by a period of time at the Studio of Louis Jan de Taeye. In 1859 he joined the studio of Baron Henri Leys where he completed his first major painting: The Education of the Children of Clovis.

In 1863 he married Marie-Pauline Gressin Dumoulin and honeymooned in Pompeii. This trip was to influence much of his work including Silent Greeting (1889) and A Favourite Custom (1909)

In 1870, after the death of his son and wife, he and his two daughters moved to London. Tadema changed his first name to Lawrence and established himself as a major figure in the Victorian art world, becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1876.

Tadema also worked on theatre design and production as well as moving towards designing furniture. In 1899 he was awarded a Knighthood, and in 1905 the Order of Merit.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in order of date, taking each piece of correspondence at item level.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698. Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from James Fergusson Books and Manuscripts 18/08/2013

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, as well as the 19th century theatre in general, may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Please ask for details.

Subjects

Costume design
Theater--Production and direction
Theater--England--History--19th century

Personal Names

Alma-Tadema,  Sir Lawrence
Comyns Carr,  Joseph. ( 01/03/1849 - 12/12/1916) 
Karl,  Charles

Corporate Names

Royal Academy of Arts  --  London 
Victoria and Albert Museum

Cataloguing Info

TitleSir Lawrence Alma Tadema Correspondence
Revisions

Letter to Joseph Comyns Carr

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/1
Dates of Creation24/12/1892
Name of Creator tadema
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Joseph Comyns Carr and Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema requesting that Charles Karl is also credited on the programme for assistance with the costume design for Hypatia.


Letter to Charles Karl

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/2
Dates of Creation24/05/1893
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to the design of a costume for a 'plain country gentleman' ca. 1680.


Letter to Charles Karl

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/3
Dates of Creation20.11.1894
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Charles Karl regarding a copy of the early Christian tunics of which he took the measurements and patterns in the South Kensington Museum.


Letter to Charles Karl

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/4
Dates of Creation25/08/1895
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Charles Karl regarding a design by Tadema for a box for Irving to step out of in Cymbeline(Lyceum Theatre 1896). This letter includes a drawing of the box.


Letter from Laura Alma Tadema

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/5
Dates of Creation09/07/1896
Physical Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Charles Karl thanking him for help with 'how the stola had to be put on.'


Letter to charles Karl

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/6
Dates of Creation24/01/1898
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Charles Karl thanking him for his 'thorough work on Julius Caesar.'


Calling card

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/7
Dates of Creation03/06/1899
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Note of thanks to Charles Karl.


Letter to Mr Charles Karl

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/8
Dates of Creation01/12/1900
Physical Description 1 item

Scope and Content

Correspondence to Charles Karl thanking him for his new address.


Envelopes

Reference Number(s)gb 71 THM/440/9
Dates of Creation1892-1900
Physical Description 2 items

Scope and Content

This file contains two envelopes, one addressed to Charles Karl Esq and the other to Joseph Comyns Carr Esq.