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Archive Collections

Sir Robert Sainsbury

The archive of Sir Robert relates specifically to his activities in formulating the art collection and his relationship with artists and dealers such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and John Hewitt. Notably it contains his original ledger of acquisitions and correspondence with Bacon, Giacometti and Moore revealing the relationship between artists and patron. Most notably a series of 12 letters between Bacon and Sir Robert that reveal the extent to which Bacon was supported by his patron at a critical moment in his career.  The archive was donated to the university by Sir Robert to sit alongside the collection for research purposes.  The archive resides in the Robert Sainsbury Library, part of the Sainsbury Research Unit which is housed within the Sainsbury Centre.

Lucie Rie

The Lucie Rie Archive was donated by Cyril Frankel, prominent collector and writer of studio pottery, in 2004 and contains letters, photographs, books, ephemera  and documents relating to the life of Lucie Rie. There is a full inventory which can be accessed upon request.

Sir Colin Anderson

The family of Sir Colin Anderson donated the archive to the Sainsbury Centre is 2014. Colin Anderson was of course a benefactor to SCVA in donating the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau but also he was a significant figure in the post-war art world as a Trustee of Tate (alongside Sir Robert Sainsbury) and an active member of the Contemporary Art Society. The contents of the archive are currently being catalogued and the exact nature of its holdings yet to be revealed. However, perhaps the most significant known element is a series of correspondence between Anderson and Francis Bacon from the 1940’s, which will complement the existing letters between Bacon and Sir Robert Sainsbury.