Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

John Sunderland

6 boxes. This material has been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details (Ref JNS).

The archive contains correspondence, images, research notes, lecture notes and notebooks – including material originally collected and compiled by Gilbert Benthall and Benedict Nicolson – relating to Sunderland’s publication John Hamilton Mortimer: His Life and Works (1988), which was published as the fifty-second volume of the Walpole Society journal.

It also includes material relating to some of Sunderland’s other research work, including the 1973 exhibition Salvator Rosa at the Hayward Gallery, and the 2001–2002 exhibition Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House, 1780–1836. There are also draft catalogue entries, articles and correspondence covering his other topics of interest in eighteenth-century British art.

John Norman Sunderland (1942–2018) was an art historian with a particular interest in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British art. He obtained a postgraduate diploma in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1965. The following year, he was appointed librarian at the Witt Library, a post he held until his retirement in 2002.