Leeds Arts Calendar

Leeds Arts Calendar was first published in 1947, following the reopening of the Art Gallery which had been commandeered for war work during the Second World War. It aimed to distribute information about art activity in Leeds, however it quickly became a vehicle to publish research on the collections, and has been used by many scholars over the years. It continued in production until 1996. We now publish a shortened version. You can search copies here and we will be filling gaps to provide all the editions, in the near future.

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New Series Issue 23 Spring 2024

This issue features the acquisition of the “Iris Barry Seated” drawing by Wyndham Lewis, shedding light on its historical significance and the artist’s inspiration. Additionally, the newsletter discusses the creation of the Sculpture Garden at Thirsk Hall, initiated by the Bell family, and the role of contemporary visual artists in shaping gallery spaces. The Leeds Art Fund’s support for acquisitions like “Iris Barry Seated” and Lady Reading demonstrates its commitment to enriching the local art community.

New Series Issue 22 Summer & Autumn 2023

This issue showcases the thought-provoking “The Weight of Words” exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, where contemporary artists and writers creatively explore the fusion of poetry and sculpture. Additionally, the newsletter celebrates Sonia Boyce’s acclaimed installation “Feeling Her Way” at Leeds Art Gallery, which recently received the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Art Exhibition. In terms of recent developments, the newsletter highlights the return of the historic carpet to Temple Newsam’s Oak Corridor, thanks to a grant from the LAF. It also introduces Dr. Clare Nadal, the newly appointed Assistant Curator, Sculpture at Leeds Museums & Galleries, who will contribute to the ongoing development and care of the sculpture collection.

New Series Issue 21 Spring 2023

The Leeds Art Fund newsletter Issue 21 provides updates on recent acquisitions, collections, reviews, and events supporting Leeds art galleries. Highlights include Catherine Bertola’s installation “Below the Salt” at Temple Newsam, which recreates a historic linen tablecloth pattern using table salt. The acquisition was supported by the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Leeds Art Fund. Additionally, new Galton archive material has enriched Lotherton Hall’s collection. The newsletter also features upcoming events, such as artist talks, studio tours, and exhibitions, showcasing the vibrant arts scene in Leeds.

New Series Issue 20 Summer & Autumn 2022

This issue includes details about upcoming events such as lectures, film screenings, and visits to cultural sites like Sunny Bank Mills. Additionally, the newsletter features articles on artworks like “Reflections on the Aire – on strike” by John Atkinson Grimshaw and highlights the contributions of individuals like Stephen Wood to the art community. The document also mentions ongoing projects like the Archive Lives exhibition, showcasing women’s sculptural practices in Britain from 1963 to 1993.

New Series Issue 18 Autumn 2021

In the Autumn 2021 issue of the Leeds Art Fund Newsletter, significant updates were provided regarding the restoration project of Sir George Frampton’s bronze figure of Industry on the Queen Victoria Memorial in Woodhouse Moor, Leeds. The fundraising campaign to restore the damaged figure, which was dislodged in 1986, commenced in memory of former Chair Ben Read. The restoration aims to preserve one of Leeds’ most important public monuments, a Grade II* listed structure that has been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register. The memorial, unveiled in 1905, features a bronze figure of Queen Victoria in Coronation robes, flanked by allegorical figures of Peace and Industry. The Industry figure, a contemporary male representation surrounded by tools and machinery, is a departure from traditional Victorian female allegories of industry. The restoration project highlights the historical and artistic significance of this iconic monument in Leeds.

New Series Issue 17 Spring 2021

Notable features in this issue include Andy Holden’s thought-provoking installation “How the Artist was led to the Study of Nature,” which replicates an illegal egg hoard and raises awareness about wildlife crime. Additionally, the newsletter discusses the acquisition of drawings by Sheila Bownas, a Yorkshire designer whose work had been underappreciated until recently. The newsletter also announces upcoming events, such as talks by speakers connected to Leeds and its collections, offering insights into diverse themes in art and culture.

New Series Issue 16 Autumn 2020

In the Leeds Art Fund newsletter, Issue 16, the focus is on recent acquisitions, collections, reviews, and events related to art and culture. The newsletter highlights the history of Lady Gascoigne’s dress medals, emphasizing her service during the First World War and her contributions to the Yorkshire Voluntary Migration Committee. The acquisition of these medals adds to the ongoing efforts of repatriating objects to Lotherton Hall. Additionally, the newsletter features initiatives such as supporting emerging artists through acquisitions and promoting diversity in art collections. It also mentions upcoming events, including Zoom talks by distinguished speakers in the art world.

New Series Issue 15 Spring 2020

This issue features visits to galleries like Nottingham Contemporary and the University of Leeds Art Walk, showcasing works by artists such as Mitzi Cunliffe and Liliane Lijn. The newsletter also pays tribute to Patrick Walker, a significant figure in the art community. Additionally, it mentions recent acquisitions, including the bequest from Edith Mary Lill, and upcoming events like the Annual General Meeting and lectures on artists like Barbara Hepworth and Alexander Calder. Changes in the LAF events team are also noted, with Sue Page stepping down and Olivia Stross joining. The newsletter provides insights into exhibitions like “Inspiration to Genius” at Lotherton Hall, celebrating Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

New Series Issue 14 Autumn 2019

In this issue of the Leeds Art Fund newsletter, significant events and acquisitions are highlighted. Dr. Jeffrey Sherwin’s contributions to the arts, including his remarkable collection of British Surrealist art and support for the Leeds Craft and Design Gallery, are remembered. The Wingfield Gift to Lotherton Hall, comprising letters, legal documents, and various items, will be catalogued for research and local exhibitions. Additionally, upcoming events such as the Yorkshire Sculpture International and visits to art institutions like Sir John Soane’s Museum and Nottingham Contemporary are featured. The newsletter also calls for a new Events Secretary for the LAF to organize art-related activities in Leeds.

No. 117-118 1996-7

This issue discusses the rich collections of archaeology, ethnography, social and industrial history, natural sciences, fine and decorative arts, and the various sites and collections within Leeds. It emphasises the importance of reflecting the extended resources and changes in the collections through their journal. It also mentions the challenges faced in funding and resource allocation within the City while seeking to enhance access to the collections through various means like guidebooks, audio guides, education packs, and electronic media.

No. 116 1995

This issue describes the life and artistic journey of the painter Ibbetson. He travelled through Wales and North Wales, recording new industries and incidents like preventing a carriage from rolling back during a thunderstorm. Despite facing personal tragedies, financial difficulties, and disappointments in his career, he continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy, undertook book illustrations, and worked on murals.

No. 115 1994

This issue contains information related to a television film titled “Portrait or Bust” written and presented by Alan Bennett, first broadcast on BBC Television in Easter 1994. The film was commissioned by BBC South from Scorer Associates, Bristol. The production involved various individuals such as photographers, sound technicians, editors, researchers, and producers. Leeds City Art Galleries expressed gratitude to the BBC and Scorer Associates for granting permission on photographic rights. The text also mentions credits for photography and lenders to the exhibition. Additionally, it includes a description of a painting depicting the aftermath of a great battle, with a focus on a bold woman comforting the wounded. It also references Walter Richard Sickert and provides a narrative set in Leeds during 1942, involving a school visit to an art exhibition.

No. 114 1994

This issue mentions the benefits of focusing on single subjects in publications, such as serving as exhibition catalogues. It also highlights a bequest to Temple Newsam from Henry Oxley of Spenfield, containing a collection of neo-renaissance objects. Additionally, it references students’ research on the Oxley bequest and the domestic design of Spenfield.

No. 113 1994

In 1993, the Leeds City Council allocated additional funds from its Centenary budget to support three significant exhibitions as part of the city’s celebrations. The first exhibition showcased the works of local pre-Raphaelite landscape artist John William Inchbold, marking the first dedicated show to him since his death in 1888. Another exhibition featured early-Georgian furniture with intricate embellishments, opened at Temple Newsam and later at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Additionally, a major project titled “Herbert Read: A British Vision of World Art” was launched, paying tribute to the renowned art critic. The Calendar publication focused on the Ingram dynasty of Temple Newsam, led by Hugh, who reconstructed the Tudor House in the early 1800s.

No. 112 1993

This issue provides detailed information about the history and renovations of Temple Newsam House, focusing on specific rooms and architectural changes made over the years. It mentions the alterations done by Arthur Ingram, including the reduction of the fireplace size, addition of a chimneypiece and wooden overmantel, and the decoration of the room with flowers and leaves. It also discusses the marbling of window bay jambs and the extension of the Blue Damask Room in Jacobean times. Additionally, it highlights the artistic interests of Atkinson Grimshaw and his works reflecting social realist themes.

No. 110 1992

This issue discusses the Commemoration of Individuals. The committee is considering ways to commemorate the contributions of Bill Oliver, Sara Gilchrist, and Stanley Burton. It has been decided to associate Bill Oliver’s name with a painting acquired the previous year and to receive a portrait of him as a memorial gift. Sara Gilchrist will be linked with an oil painting by Alfred Wallis donated by Cyril Reddihough. Plans are underway to consult with the Burton family for an appropriate way to mark Stanley Burton’s connection with the LACF. There is also a mention of the establishment of a foundation at Burton Constable Hall near Hull for the well-being of the site. The foundation will involve the Director and a senior colleague as ex-officio Trustees and will cover the expenses incurred by Keepers and Conservators in their curatorial roles.

No. 109 1991

This issue discusses Henry Moore’s artistic influences, including his use of simple shapes to depict reality, his relationship between sculpted figures and landscape, and his humanistic approach to portraying the human form. Moore’s experiences in London, Paris, and Florence significantly influenced his artistic style. Henry Moore’s visit to Florence and exposure to artworks by Masaccio and Giotto had a profound impact on his artistic development. Moore was particularly impressed by the monumental grandeur of the figures he encountered, which influenced his own sculpture at the time.

No. 108 1991

This issue mentions the annual income generated from book sales that benefits the LACF and highlights the upcoming publication of a comprehensive catalogue of English Silver. The document also notes recent staff changes and contributions towards acquiring a marble table. Additionally, it provides insights into the history and changes at Temple Newsam, including details about the Victorian Dining Room and the Medal Room. The file offers glimpses into the Gascoigne family’s activities and events at Lotherton Hall, emphasizing the cultural significance of the estate.

No. 107 1990

This issue discusses the lavish hospitality of Sir Arthur Ingram during the royal court’s visit to York in 1639, highlighting the grandeur of his household expenses and the impressive entertainment provided. Additionally, it delves into the quality of engravings on silver pieces, such as those featuring the arms of Ingram impaling Howard for Rich, with intricate Baroque designs and references to historical events. The narrative also touches on the craftsmanship of Joseph Sympson, a lesser-known engraver, and his contributions to decorative pieces. Furthermore, it mentions gaps in the silver collections at Temple Newsam, such as the absence of certain types of silver items that would have been customary for individuals of rank during the 17th and 18th centuries.

No. 106 1990

This issue discusses the restoration of Temple Newsam. It discusses the layout of the house, including the courtyard, gatehouse, screens passage, Hall, buttery, pantries, and kitchen. It also mentions the reconstruction efforts in the 17th century by Sir Arthur Ingram and the subsequent modifications to the Great Chamber. Additionally, it describes the restoration work done in the 20th century, including the re-erection of original elements like the overmantel and Regency lampstands. Furthermore, it touches upon the architectural features of the Hall, including the asymmetrical layout due to Adam’s design, classical decorations, and mahogany hall-chairs possibly made by Thomas Chippendale the younger.

No. 105 1989

This issue mentions the seventy-fifth anniversary exhibition showcasing selected additions to the City’s collections made with the aid of the Fund. The exhibition features items in the Henry Moore Gallery, primarily focusing on pictures and sculptures. It emphasises the importance of the accompanying catalogue, which covers all Fund-related items in the City’s collections and will be used for future record-keeping.

No. 104 1989

This issue discusses various aspects of conservation, curatorship, and historical developments at Leeds, particularly focusing on preventive conservation through environmental control. It mentions staff changes, such as Ian Fraser becoming the Keeper of Conservation and Christine Stokes joining as an Administrative Assistant. The relocation of conservation studios to Temple Newsam is highlighted for easier supervision. Additionally, the donation of a laundry room from Preshaw Hall and its reinstatement at Temple Newsam is noted as a valuable addition. It also delves into the renewal of plantings around the court in 1968, the design of the meadow, and the fusion of formal and informal garden styles by Mrs. Gascoigne. The layout of the formal garden, including gravel paths, herbaceous borders, yew hedges, and enclosures, is described. The transformation of a tennis court into a garden area is detailed, along with the orientation, layout, and surrounding vegetation.

No. 103 1988

This issue discusses the refurbishment program at Temple Newsam, that is progressing well, with the ground floor of the south wing expected to be completed by the year’s end. Updates on the restoration of historic interiors are promised in future issues of the Calendar. Additionally, it discusses the successful preservation of twenty Turner watercolours of birds from the Farnley Hall collection, thanks to the LACF’s involvement. A sponsorship of £12,000 from Hepworth R Chadwick and a matching award from the government enabled the publication of these watercolours in a high-quality, full-colour format.

No. 102 1988

This issue mentions a fundraising campaign to save a valuable silver centrepiece crafted by David Willaume and Anne Tanqueray in 1731, engraved with the armorials of Cholmley Turner. It acknowledges the contributions of various organizations and individuals, including the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Goldsmiths’ Company, and the Brigadier Hargreaves Charitable Trust, towards the purchase of the artwork.

No. 101 1987

This issue mentions the history and restoration efforts at Temple Newsam, including clock collections, barometer donations, and room restoration projects. Additionally, it touches on the sale of Melton Constable, the depletion of painted furniture due to modern trends, and the importance of preserving original finishes. It also includes details about specific items such as sconces, window curtains, and jobbing book pages from Gillows. Lastly, it highlights the significance of leaving a legacy to support art collections in Leeds and the impact it can have on the arts community.

No. 99-100 1987

This issue contains detailed descriptions of various items found in different rooms in Temple Newsam , including furniture, decorations, and other objects. It mentions specific items such as tables, chairs, carpets, curtains, globes, stools, sofas, desks, glassware, and more, all with intricate details of materials and designs. The inventory lists a variety of mahogany furniture, japanned items, silk damask covers, and green and white check cases. Additionally, it describes the layout changes made by Lady Irwin to the south wing of the building in 1792. It also references specific types of carpets, blinds, lamps, and decorative pieces like marble slabs and vases. Each room or area mentioned in the document is meticulously catalogued with its contents, providing a comprehensive inventory of the items present in the building.

No. 98 1986

This issue provides details about various historical events, such as the rebuilding campaign at Clumber Park in 1838 and the Duke of Leeds’ visit to Birmingham. It also discusses the unpredictability of planning successful art exhibitions and the acquisition of a significant turkey-work chair at Temple Newsam. Additionally, there are references to wallpaper and room furnishings from different time periods.

No. 97 1985

This issue discusses the death of General Gordon in Khartoum in January 1885 which shocked Victorian society, as he symbolized British prestige and patriotism. Gordon’s past exploits in China and his roles as Governor of Equatoria and Governor-General of Sudan had unintentionally appealed to all classes in Victorian society. Summoned to handle the withdrawal of Egyptian troops from Khartoum, Gordon focused on defense during the siege, sending citizens down the Nile before the city fell. G. W. Joy’s painting of Gordon’s last stand in 1893 depicted a moment of encounter with the forces storming the city, based on available information at the time. The narrative of Gordon’s death as unresisting originated from Ibrahim Bey al-Burdayni, fitting the Victorian notion of Gordon as a martyr. However, conflicting versions emerged over the years, challenging the initial portrayal of Gordon’s death. Joy’s portrayal of Gordon in Royal Engineer’s undress uniform lacked contemporary evidence, reflecting the ideas of the time more than the actual events of January 26, 1885.

No. 96 1985

This issue discusses the attribution and origin of tall-stemmed glasses known as light balusters, particularly focusing on whether they are of Dutch or English origin. Initially, there was debate over whether these glasses were wholly Dutch or possibly English glasses imported into the Netherlands for engraving. Hartshorne in 1990 considered them to be wholly Dutch, placing them within the Venetian tradition. However, opinions shifted over the years, with Buckley in 1926 describing them as ‘probably English,’ despite some doubts. Thorpe later suggested they were English, specifically from Newcastle upon Tyne, based on evidence of tall-stemmed glasses decorated by William Beilby.

No. 95 1984

This issue includes images and descriptions of the layout and historical views of properties like the ‘Old House’ and the walled garden at Lotherton Hall. It mentions individuals like Michael Sheppard Esq. and Mrs. Laura Gwendolen Gascoigne, who played significant roles in the planning and development of the gardens. Descriptions and images of features like trellis work, stone urns, and the Edwardian Summer House in the walled garden are provided. The Summer House, although demolished in the 1960s, is highlighted as a significant part of the garden’s history.

No. 94 1984

This issue highlights James Parmentier, a notable decorative painter, and his contributions to the art world. Parmentier, who came to England in 1676 at the age of eighteen, spent several years in the country, with brief visits to Paris and Italy. He collaborated with other artists and worked on various projects, including painting architectural features and bas-reliefs at Montagu House in Bloomsbury.

No. 93 1983

This issue is dedicated to the history of Temple Newsam from 1699 to 1939, featuring a pictorial anthology showcasing the estate’s evolution. The publication includes interior views capturing former décor and room arrangements, with acquisitions like a Victorian watercolour of the Georgian Library and Augustus Hare’s sketch of the Long Gallery. Gratitude is expressed to contributors who allowed the reproduction of prints from their collections, including the Earl of Halifax and Richard Meynell.

No. 92 1983

This issue explores the historical landscapes of Colton and Newsam, focusing on various aspects such as settlements, manorial economy, religious presence, and changes over time. It discusses the villages of Colton and Newsam, their evolution through the Middle Ages, and the presence of arable fields, pastures, meadows, and common land in the area. It also delves into the manorial economy, including sheep farming, water mills, and a fishery in Newsam.

No. 91 1982

In the context of art and societal perceptions, the image of woman as a temptress and predator is explored. This concept is depicted through various artworks and writings, highlighting the contrast between the idealised feminine figure and the fallen woman. The portrayal of the temptress challenges traditional notions of female purity and morality, presenting a complex narrative of threat and pleasure for the male viewer. This theme is further elaborated in historical texts and artworks, emphasizing the dichotomy between the pure woman and the seductive temptress in societal constructs of femininity and sexuality.

No. 90 1982

This issue highlights Peel’s Statue in Leeds, and its significance as the first large bronze memorial to Sir Robert Peel in England. The statue’s evolution and impact on Victorian sculpture patronage and civic pride in Leeds are discussed. The document also mentions the statue’s popularity, leading to the publication of a drawing by Mr. Crane of Leicester. Concerns about the statue’s safety at its original location in the town centre were raised, leading to its relocation to a safer site in front of the Town Hall in 1896, where it stands alongside Baron Marochetti’s bronze of the Duke of Wellington.

No. 89 1981

This issue discusses the theme of creating historic country houses, which was the focus of an exhibition at Temple Newsam linked to the 6th annual Summer Seminar titled “The Making of the English Country House.” The document emphasises the importance of architecture in providing convenience, comfort, and glory to a country. It mentions Abraham Swan, an architect from the mid-eighteenth century, who viewed architecture as a significant art form that contributes to ease, comfort, and the overall glory of a nation. The exhibition and seminar aimed to explore the process of how historic country houses were developed, shedding light on the architectural and social aspects of building such structures.

No. 88 1981

This issue references the Edinburgh Phrenological Society Minute Book, various works on physiognomy, and the influence of phrenology on artists. Additionally, it mentions a plaster bust of Thomas Chalmers from 1820 and its exhibition history. The text highlights the importance of phrenology in sculptural practices and its impact on understanding human form and expression.

No. 87 1980

This issue highlights Kate Wickham, a talented artist whom created a series of six decorated porcelain tiles for Lotherton Hall, showcasing a delicate balance between fantasy and reality. Wickham’s intricate process involves shaping the clay, drawing designs, incising, carving, painting, and firing the tiles in an electric kiln. The colors used are underglaze materials and oxides, applied in layers and treated to create subtle tones and textures. Wickham’s tiles reflect a fusion of ancient and modern themes, exploring the interaction between fantasy and reality in a domestic setting. These tiles are part of a longstanding tradition of commissioning artworks for the museum, highlighting the intersection of art and functionality within the Leeds art collections.

No. 86 1980

This issue highlights P. H. Calderon. Philip Hermogenes Calderon was a prominent artist known for his historical paintings, such as “Her Most High, Noble and Puissant Grace,” which he completed in 1865. This painting, which took over a year to finish, was a critical success and was bought for $1000. Calderon’s work often featured historical and fanciful subjects, reflecting the Romantic Movement’s influence on British history painting. His attention to detail and high finish in his paintings, like “Broken Vows,” contributed to his success in the art world. Calderon’s career spanned from the 1850s to the late 19th century, during which he painted various historical and classical subjects, becoming a respected member of the Royal Academy. His artistic achievements and contributions to the art world solidified his reputation as a skilled and influential painter.

No. 85 1979

This issue highlights the painting “The Fair Nun Unmasked” by Henry Robert Morland, which is a popular piece in the collection at Temple Newsam. The painting features a beautiful young woman in a masquerade outfit, possibly portraying a nun. Originally exhibited as “A Lady in a Masquerade Habit” in 1769, the painting gained its specific title after being engraved by printseller Carington Bowles, with an inscription from Pope’s “Rape of the Lock.”

No. 84 1979

This issue delves into the historical significance of Lord Grantham’s Root House, a symbol of renewal and regeneration in society. Designed by Grantham in the 18th century, the hut is seen as a tribute to his origins and a permanent home after a life spent without a fixed residence. The document suggests that the Root House may have been a gift to Grantham’s young wife and symbolizes his establishment of roots and a sense of belonging. The Root House reflects Grantham’s return to his origins and his desire to create a lasting legacy, embodying themes of social achievement and personal fulfilment.

No 83 1978

This issue discusses a new publication on furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall in Yorkshire, featuring 662 items from the collections of Leeds City Art Galleries with 682 illustrations in two volumes. It also mentions a prize for the best essay on history, literature, or the arts related to the City of York. Additionally, there is information about the campaign to save the Mostyn flagons and the challenges faced due to the Long Gallery ceiling collapse at Temple Newsam.

No. 82 1978

This issue explores pottery and other art forms, highlighting their historical, artistic, and cultural importance within the context of Leeds and beyond. “An Excavation on the Site of the Leeds Pottery” by Peter Walton: The article discusses an excavation conducted at the site of the Leeds Pottery, providing insights into the historical significance of the pottery industry in Leeds. “An Enamelled, Tin-glazed Mug at Temple Newsam House” by Alan Smith: This article focuses on a specific enamelled, tin-glazed mug found at Temple Newsam House, highlighting its historical and artistic value.

No. 81 1977

This issue provides insights into the artist Stomer. Stomer, born around 1600, likely in Holland, spent part of his youth in Utrecht and Antwerp, possibly studying under Gerrit von Honthorst. Honthorst, a prominent painter at the court of Charles I of England, was part of the Caravaggisti group, influenced by Caravaggio’s dramatic realism and use of light. It also touches upon Kirkstall Abbey, a historical site that has inspired artists and architects. Kirkstall Abbey’s architectural features, such as its moss-grown cells and grandeur, have been a subject of artistic admiration. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an architect born near Kirkstall Abbey, highlighted the abbey’s magnificence and Gothic design influence in his work, emphasizing its beauty and historical significance.

No. 80 1977

This issue focusses on the Almshouses as a potential conservation centre for the arts. It describes the layout of the Almshouses, highlighting the workshops, special rooms, entrances, and the warden’s house, all of which could be repurposed for artistic endeavours without altering the building’s historical significance. The narrative emphasises the importance of preserving and utilizing historical buildings like the Almshouses for artistic purposes.

No. 79 1976

One notable artist featured in this issue is Diego Rivera, known for his Detroit Frescoes. Rivera, a prominent Mexican muralist, received a major commission in 1930 to paint frescoes depicting the growth of Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts. His eclectic style, inspired by Renaissance Italian frescoes, showcased his storytelling abilities and direct appeal to celebrate humanity.

No. 78 1976

This issue discusses the restoration efforts of Temple Newsam House, emphasising the significance of preserving architectural features. Additionally, it compares artistic and stylistic similarities between Temple Newsam and Beningbrough paintings. It includes details about the financial aspects of funding art projects and the impact of administrative work on achieving artistic goals. Furthermore, it touches upon the emotional and technical aspects of art through the works of artists like Piper and Bawden.

No. 77 1975

This article mentions the acquisition of tea equipage and candelabra, as well as a large collection of early 1920s costumes and shoes. The document also highlights the departure of Emmeline Leary, a trainee assistant keeper who moved on to a position at Manchester Art Galleries. Additionally, there are references to historic events, such as the loss of Sir Edward Gascoigne in 1750, and the purchase of artworks with the assistance of the Leeds Art Collections Fund.

No. 76 1975

This issue includes articles on the formation of the Eighteenth Century Library, the Georgian Library, the Victorian Chapel at Temple Newsam, the Jacobean Chapel at Temple Newsam, the Nineteenth Century Kitchen, and the restoration of the Library and Chapel at Temple Newsam. It also covers topics like the Great Barn, Dovecot Lodges, and other estate buildings at Temple Newsam.

No. 75 1974

This issue features a cover design showcasing a pier glass made by Vile and Cobb for the East of Gosport in 1760, acquired in 1774. It provides insights into recent acquisitions by the Leeds Art Collections Fund, such as Turnerelli’s Bust of Queen Charlotte, a painting by Carlo Maratta titled “St. James the Greater,” and pieces related to nineteenth-century silver and decorative sculptors.

No. 74 1974

This issue includes information about various artistic events and exhibitions happening in Leeds. It mentions specific exhibitions such as John Elderfield’s paintings, International Mezzotints by Barry Herbert, landscape paintings by Ian Gardner and David Willetts, and paintings by Allen Barker, along with their respective exhibition dates.

No. 73 1973

This issue highlights the significant role played by the Leeds Art Fund in providing a permanent home for historical costume collections, with Lotherton being a key location for housing such artifacts. The collection at Lotherton has been enriched by new acquisitions, including a striking red dress by Bill Gibb, reflecting a commitment to expanding the range of artworks and artifacts represented in the collection.

No. 72 1973

This issue mentions the acquisition of ceramic pieces at Lotherton, including a Copeland Cabaret from around 1860 and a Derby campana-shaped vase. The document also discusses the restoration and improvement efforts at Temple Newsam, highlighting the balance between structural enhancements and visual aesthetics. Additionally, it promotes the Yorkshire Arts Association’s monthly magazine, which features artistic events and informative articles. It includes details about boundary stones at Temple Newsam and mentions the Leeds Art Collections Fund.

No. 71 1972

This issue provides information about a Yorkshire artist through seventy-nine reproductions, including many in full colour. It features contributions from prominent figures like Sir Herbert Read and Sir Michael Sadler in this limited edition publication.

No. 70 1972

This issue provides a detailed look at the arts scene in Leeds in 1972. It mentions exhibitions in the Stable Court Galleries, including one dedicated to the sculptor Joseph Gott. The document also discusses the sculpture collection at Temple Newsam and Lotherton, highlighting the focus on 19th-century sculpture. Additionally, there are references to excavations in the courtyard, plans of ancient structures, and exhibitions by traveling artists offering portrait paintings and paper silhouettes. It offers a glimpse into the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of Leeds during that time.

No. 69 1971

This issue covers topics such as newly discovered Chippendale drawings, Italian drawings in Leeds, and aspects of Nineteenth Century Sculpture in Leeds. The document also discusses various artworks and their significance, offering a glimpse into the rich artistic heritage of Leeds.

No. 68 1971

This issue features a cover design showcasing a detail of an oak panel from the Bretton Room at Temple Newsam, dating back to around 1540. It serves as an appeal to individuals interested in the arts to contribute to the Leeds Art Collections Fund and engage with the cultural offerings of the Art Gallery and Temple Newsam.

No. 67 1970

This issue includes details about various art collections, such as stoneware teapots, decorative patterns, and exhibitions at Temple Newsam and Lotherton. It highlights the appointment of a new Social Secretary and the opening of history rooms and exhibitions in different galleries.

No. 66 1970

This issue mentions various artworks and historical items such as a design for the triumphal arch at Parlington by Thomas Leverton in 1782, the hire of a harpsichord by John Broadwood in 1779, and the architectural development of the house at Parlington. Additionally, it discusses musical instruments like harpsichords and pianos, as well as an exhibition illustrating the history of Temple Newsam House. The document also touches on specific items like an armchair made by Giles Grendey for the Duke of Infantado’s Castle in Spain around 1730.

No. 65 1969

This issue mentions efforts to maintain the appearance of the gallery, developments at Temple Newsam including the conversion of the stable block into exhibition rooms, plans for a sculpture scheme, and struggles with structural issues during renovations. Additionally, it highlights the successful opening of Lotherton Hall to the public and the challenges faced in managing visitor numbers. The file also touches on the history and contents of Lotherton Hall, the installation of a new heating system at Temple Newsam, and the structural challenges encountered during the renovation process.

No. 64 1969

This issue highlights the Gascoigne family’s historical connection to Lotherton Hall, a significant gift to the city of Leeds, is highlighted. The Calendar showcases the rich heritage of Lotherton Hall, gifted by Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne, emphasizing its transformation into an art museum. The family’s ongoing involvement in the property’s upkeep is noted, ensuring its preservation for public enjoyment. Interested individuals are encouraged to support the Fund to contribute to the art collection’s growth and engage with the art community.

No. 63 1968

This issue delves into the process of creating proof-sketches for clients interested in artistic designs, particularly focusing on the work of Ben Batty from the firm of Kayll and Reed. It also explores the concept of form and scale in art, emphasizing the importance of understanding how different scales impact the perception of colour and line. Furthermore, it touches on the analysis of a specific painting, highlighting the challenges of describing its qualities and the self-contained nature of the artwork.

No. 62 1968

This issue discusses various topics related to art in Leeds, including the Leeds Art Calendar being microfilmed, the Leeds Art Collections Fund, the Victorian Chapel at Temple Newsam, and drawings by Francis Place in Leeds. It also mentions an exhibition called ‘Skill’ showcasing creative craftsmanship and a silver dish designed by Gerald Benney and presented by Marks and Spencer to the Lord Mayor of Leeds. The file encourages support for the arts in Leeds and highlights the importance of patronage from local industrialists and business people.

No. 61 1968

This issue provides insights into recent acquisitions, the Victorian park and garden at Temple Newsam, and the support received from various funds and benefactors. It also mentions the generous contributions of individuals like Mrs. McGrigor Phillips and the trustees of Major Fermor-Hesketh. The importance of fine art in enhancing the cultural significance of Temple Newsam is emphasised, along with the artistic impact of various acquisitions. Additionally, the issue touches upon the historical context of certain pieces and their significance in the context of a great country house.

No. 60 1967

This issue highlights the importance of public exposure of how public money is spent on art galleries and emphasises the significance of purchasing power in enriching museum collections. It also mentions specific acquisitions, such as furniture, needlework, lace, and frescoes, showcasing the efforts made to enhance the artistic wealth of the city. Financial challenges and outside help are also addressed, underscoring the importance of support from organizations like the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Additionally, the issue touches upon the challenges faced during exhibitions and the positive outcomes that emerged despite financial constraints.

No. 59 1966

This issue lists notable events and exhibitions in Leeds, including those at Temple Newsam House and City Art Gallery. Events range from retrospective exhibitions of paintings to showcases of graphic arts and fine arts club exhibitions. Specific exhibitions include 19th-century architecture in Leeds, works by Dortmund artists, and Yorkshire artists’ exhibitions. The Arts Council Film Show is also mentioned as part of the calendar of events.

No. 58 1966

This issue discusses the acquisition of a valuable writing-table for Temple Newsam through the efforts of four benefactors. Three days before the sale at Christie’s, the benefactors expressed interest in buying the writing-table and presenting it to Leeds. They managed to raise funds, with one benefactor acting as a banker and another agreeing to bid at the auction. Ultimately, they successfully acquired the writing-table for Temple Newsam. The successful acquisition of the writing-table is celebrated as a historic event, with national and local media coverage. It also touches upon the challenges faced in designing objects for interiors and the importance of understanding materials and limitations in design.

No. 57 1965

This issue touches upon the acquisition of significant artworks, including a silver tureen and a library table, showcasing the efforts to preserve cultural treasures for Yorkshire. Additionally, there are references to the evolution of artistic styles, from three-dimensional objects in architectural compositions to the metamorphosis of human features into machine-like forms in artworks.

No. 56 1965

This issue discusses significant additions to the sculpture collection, such as the Henry Moore bronze Reclining Figure 1964 and a silver race cup from 1774. It also mentions the disappearance of Kenneth Armitage’s Two Standing Figures and the efforts to recover it. Additionally, it highlights the role of the Leeds Art Collections Fund in preserving artworks and preventing them from leaving the country. It includes details on architecture, decorative art, and events at the Art Gallery and Temple Newsam House. The Calendar of Events section outlines upcoming cultural activities.

No. 55 1964

This issue contains information about the Libraries and Arts Sub-Committee at the Arl Cattery and Temple Curiosa House, as well as details about the Leeds Art Collections Fund. It mentions the Festival exhibitions, particularly focusing on The Rug in Islamic Art exhibition and its successful publication. The editorial reflects on the past exhibitions and the impact of Dr. Beattie’s work. Additionally, the document discusses the nature of the Bloomsbury Group, highlighting their unconventional approach to various topics such as art, philosophy, and sex. It also touches upon criticisms of the group, including their perceived detachment from practical issues and their radical views on sexual taboos. The text provides insights into the intellectual pursuits and struggles of the group members, emphasizing their engagement in academia, writing, and public service.

No. 54 1964

This issue provides insights into the Picture-lending Scheme in Leeds, emphasising aspects like the selection process for artwork, borrower engagement, and the distinctiveness of lending collections. It also acknowledges the crucial support from the Gulbenkian Foundation and the scheme’s evolution into a thriving public service. Furthermore, the document briefly addresses the complexities of showcasing a diverse lending collection and the guidelines for choosing reproductions. Additionally, it mentions the collection’s composition, featuring contemporary works and reproductions, along with considerations regarding the inclusion of Old Master painting reproductions.

No. 53 1964

This issue the growth of the Picture-lending Scheme over two years, with an increase in the number of pictures and borrowers. It also touches upon the history and changes at Temple Newsam, including the impact of open-cast coal mining during the war. Additionally, it highlights the innovative approaches taken by the Art Gallery to engage visitors, such as creating a unique atmosphere through temperature and humidity control and using technology for artistic displays.

No. 52 1963

This issue mentions the acquisition of artworks for the Art Gallery’s collection, including pieces by Jacob Kramer and Ernest Forbes. Highlights include a painting titled “Leeds Canal” by Charles Ginner, which is of local interest. Other highlights include exhibits such as figures of prophets painted for an old chapel by John Carleton around 1636, wallpapers dating back to the 1740s, and an eighteenth-century fire engine, leather buckets, bills, maps, and documents for display.

No. 51 1963

This issue mentions the contributions of David Dunstan Schofield, a collector who took a keen interest in developing Temple Newsam as a museum and bequeathed part of his collection to enhance the house’s interior. The acquisition of a fine sofa table, dated 1809, is highlighted as a significant addition to the collection, both for its craftsmanship and historical documentation.

No. 50 1962

This issue pays tribute to the late artist Jacob Kramer and his memorial service at the Art Gallery. It discusses the redecoration of the Great Hall at Temple Newsam and the challenges faced in balancing its various ornamental elements. It features artworks like “English Boys” by Bruno Bobak and highlights cultural activities in Canada.

No. 49 1962

The issue mentions the display of English Medieval Stained Glass by John Lowe, an Arts Calendar featuring Paul Nash, and an exhibition of modern prints sponsored by the Labour Party. It discusses the comprehensive Prints exhibition at the Art Gallery, emphasising the importance of private owners and public bodies in supporting the arts in Leeds. The document also touches on the College of Art’s role in promoting prints and printing techniques. The issue addresses the development of sculpture exhibitions, including the loan of Epstein’s sculptures “Genesis” and “Adam” to the gallery.

No. 48 1961

This issue discusses the acquisition of a painting by Gaetano Gandolfi titled “Christ and the Woman taken in Adultery.” It also discusses Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey, and the grand Yorkshire estate’s landscape, described as one of the most romantic places in England.

No. 46-47 1961

This issue delves into the restoration and conservation of a variety of artworks, including furniture pieces. It highlights the meticulous work done by G. Garbe in restoring furniture items such as chairs, side tables, and cabinets, showcasing expertise in materials like mahogany and walnut. The document also discusses the significance of furniture in reflecting the tastes and styles of different periods, emphasising the role of furniture makers in catering to the needs of collectors. It mentions specific furniture pieces from locations like Houghton, Boynton Hall, and Ditchley, attributing them to renowned designers like William Kent and Matthias Lock.

No. 45 1961

This issue discusses the restoration and conservation of antique, oriental, and occidental works of art, highlighting the efforts of restorers in leading museums. It covers a wide range of art forms such as bronzes, ceramics, and jades. The issue mentions key figures involved in these restoration and conservation efforts.

No. 44 1960

This issue discusses various topics related to art, libraries, and cultural events in Leeds. It includes information about the Print Room and Art Library, the Leeds Arts Calendar, and the aims of the library in providing a wide range of periodicals for different types of readers. The issue also pays tribute to Lord Halifax, an influential figure in Yorkshire. Additionally, it describes a magnificent natural spectacle involving a waterfall and a rainbow, as well as the spatial design and features of the Print Room.

No. 43 1959

This issue discusses a classical landscape piece by William Taverner, created using Indian ink wash. Taverner’s collection included numerous engravings and engraved books, with a study possibly based on an existing picture or an undiscovered engraving.

Details on exhibitions held at Temple Newsam House are outlined, featuring events like the Gothic Art Exhibition, Masterpieces of Czech Art, and the David Cox Centenary Exhibition. These exhibitions showcase diverse art from different countries and eras.

No. 42 1959

This issue provides insights into various topics related to art and acquisitions. A notable purchase was a silver porringer and stand from 1661, reflecting the taste of the Restoration period. Georges Seurat’s Art: Seurat’s art principles focused on ‘purity’ and ‘vibrancy,’ achieved through colour associations is discussed. Farnley Hall: The sense of continuous family ownership at Farnley Hall, with minimal modernisation over the years, is highlighted. Artwork “La Route Pontoise”: An oil painting on canvas by Paul Signac, purchased in 1948, is briefly mentioned.

No. 41 Autumn 1958

This issue contains information about various topics such as art exhibitions, sculpture displays, historical ruins, and the preservation of cultural heritage. There are references to the psychological impact of sculptures and the precautions taken to protect exhibits during outdoor exhibitions. The issue also discusses the destruction of monasteries and the preservation of monastic ruins in England. Additionally, it touches upon the restoration and redecoration of exhibition spaces to create a suitable setting for art displays.

No. 40 Summer 1958

This issue discusses the role of sculpture in various contexts. It mentions the work of German sculptor Uli Nimptsch, whose sculptures were exhibited in Leeds alongside French paintings in 1944. Nimptsch’s work was noted for its affinity with great French painters and Italian Renaissance sculptors, emphasising the lifelike quality of his sculptures. Additionally, the document highlights a lecture by sculptor Reg Butler at the Annual General Meeting of the Leeds Art Collections Fund, where Butler’s sculpture “Portrait of a Girl” was showcased.

No. 39 Spring 1958

This issue features special exhibitions like “Acquisitions of the Year” and “Since the War” organised by the Arts Council. It also mentions Long Gallery Concerts and exhibitions at Leeds City Art Gallery, including the National Exhibition of Children’s Art and the Floral Academy. The issue describes the Library at Temple Newsam House, mentioning its redecoration and contents, along with information about the South Wing’s history and decoration style and details about the room’s design elements, such as carved pine swags and pendant portraits of King William III and Queen Mary. This issue references specific artworks and acquisitions, like an English commode by R. W. Symonds and a portrait by Francis Cotes.

No. 38 Winter 1957

The Leeds Arts Calendar typically does not review books, but in this issue it makes an exception for Mr. Donald C. Towner’s recent book on English cream-coloured earthenware. The issue discusses a minor artistic renaissance in the north of England, suggesting a continuity of creative endeavours. It notes a lack of public patronage, encouragement, and tolerance, leading talented artists to seek opportunities in London for better reception and economic prospects. The text emphasises the importance of public support to sustain artistic activity in the north and prevent the constant migration of artists to London. The issue features references to specific art pieces, such as a 1666 porringer owned by Dr. C. O. Kay Sharp in 1957 and information about Wildenstein.

No. 37 Spring 1957

This issue features descriptions and images of various artworks, such as landscapes with castles, rivers with barges, and ruined courtyards. It aims to showcase the diversity and richness of the art collection that the fund supports, enticing art enthusiasts to join and engage with the vibrant art community in Leeds.

No. 36 Winter 1956

This issue details an exhibition at the Leeds City Art Gallery featuring bird prints by Audubon and Gould, as well as nature photographs, is highlighted. It also discusses figure and animal painters, noting that watercolorists selected for exhibition are a diverse group. It mentions the tradition of landscape painting in watercolors and the unique styles of figure and animal painters. Specific details about artworks are included, such as a vulture painting by Joshua Cristall.

No. 35 Autumn 1956

This issue includes information about the Leeds Fine Arts Club’s annual exhibition, the Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition, and a series of lectures on modern art organized by the Leeds College of Art. It also announces an exhibition at Temple Newsam House showcasing two centuries of chintz borrowed from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection. Additionally, details are provided about the closing date for entries for the Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition and how to obtain entry forms.

No. 34 Summer 1956

This issue discusses ongoing alterations at the Leeds City Art Gallery and Temple Newsam, emphasizing the transformation of spaces to align with major provincial galleries and enhance the display of important collections. It describes the progress of courtyard renovations at Temple Newsam, noting the historical context of the changes based on a scheme proposed in the 18th century.

Additionally, it includes an appeal from the Leeds Art Collections Fund for more subscribing members to support the acquisition of artworks for the Leeds collection. It encourages individuals to contribute financially and engage with the organization by receiving the Arts Calendar and invitations to events. The issue also touches on the restoration and preservation of antique, oriental, and occidental art objects, showcasing the expertise of restorers to leading museums.

No. 32-33 Spring 1956

This issue contains information about acquisitions, paintings, sculptures, and other artistic works from the year 1955-1956. It discusses the emphasis on horizontal and vertical elements in the works of Frost and Armitage, as well as the use of organic forms in art. The document also mentions the lack of representation from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods in the collections, with a hope to fill this gap in the future. Additionally, it includes details about the Libraries & Arts Committee members, the Post Office, and the Winter and Spring issue contents. The file provides insights into the art acquisitions of the year, with a special focus on illustrations and contributions.

No. 31 Autumn 1955

This issue from Autumn 1955 discusses various aspects of the art world during that time. It highlights the importance of contemporary art exhibitions in reflecting the spirit of the times and challenging complacency. It emphasises the significance of decentralizing the arts beyond London to give recognition to young artists across the country. It also mentions the role of galleries in promoting and establishing artists both artistically and commercially.

The issue acknowledges the National Art Collections Fund for its contributions to building art collections, including notable gifts of paintings and watercolors. It also mentions the significance of personal discipline in creating art forms and the value of abstract art, urging viewers to appreciate the plastic and formal qualities rather than seeking representation where it was not intended.

No. 30 Summer 1955

This issue discusses the art scene in Leeds and London, highlighting the works of artists like Charles Murray and Thomas Rowlandson. Charles Murray’s memorial exhibition at Temple Newsam House was exceptionally successful, attracting buyers and visitors despite his relatively lesser-known status. On the other hand, Thomas Rowlandson, known for his comic draughtsmanship, had a notable career marked by early talent recognition and influential family support. Both artists exemplify unique artistic styles and have left a lasting impact on the art community, showcasing the diverse talent present in the art scenes of Leeds and London.

No. 29 Spring 1955

This issue details the acquisitions for the permanent collection at Temple Newsam House in 1954-55. Notable acquisitions include works by artists like William Redmore Bigg, Millie Childers, and a 17th-century Dutch School portrait. It also mentions an exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery showcasing works by masters and students from Leeds College of Art.

Furthermore, it outlines upcoming events such as a map exhibition illustrating the art of surveying, a memorial exhibition for Charles Murray, and a concert by the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. It highlights the purchase of contemporary British paintings from the Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition, featuring artists like Frank Lisle, Maurice de Sausmarez, and F. W. Johnson.

No. 28 Winter 1955

This issue highlights the Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition, a biennial event showcasing works of art by artists born or residing in Yorkshire or associated with Yorkshire art schools. It mentions the submission deadline for artworks and provides information on how artists can participate in the exhibition.

It also provides details about the Adams Gallery, which showcases fine modern paintings from the British and French schools in London.

No. 27 Autumn 1954

This issue discusses various art-related services and suppliers in Leeds, including picture frames, artists’ easels, furniture repairs, bookshops, and galleries. It also highlights the contributions of Mr. Edmund Arnold, a dedicated supporter of the Leeds Art Collections Fund. Mr. Arnold advocated for high aesthetic standards in all artistic activities and maintained a personal collection of paintings that reflected his keen sensibility and understanding of contemporary aesthetic ideals. His collection included works by both renowned artists and lesser-known talents, showcasing his artistic perspicacity. It also laments the loss of Mr. Arnold as a discriminating collector and emphasizes his enthusiasm for contemporary art as an inspiration to others.

No. 26 Summer 1954

This issue highlights recent acquisitions, such as drawings by Francis Towne and works by Francesco Trevisani. It mentions the rich church plate found in Yorkshire and features various artworks acquired by Leeds, including pieces by John White Abbott. Additionally, it discusses the artistic talent of Etty and a long-case clock by Thomas Rollison.

No. 11 Winter 1950

This issue discusses the acquisition of artworks by various artists, including Florence Hess and Jocelyn Horner, both regular exhibitors in Yorkshire, showcase highly sensitive qualities in their works. This issue also mentions Harold Gilman and Spencer Gore, members of the Camden Town group influenced by French Impressionism. Tristram Hillier’s “Whitstable Oystermen” is highlighted for its meticulous draughtsmanship. The issue includes portraits by Kramer, including Delius. The S. D. Kitson bequest of Cotman drawings is emphasised as a valuable addition to the arts scene in Leeds and Yorkshire, offering rich study materials for art enthusiasts and researchers.

No. 12 Spring 1950

In the Spring 1950 issue, the Chippendale Exhibition is highlighted, showcasing the work of renowned artists such as Paul Nash at the Redfern Gallery in London. The Camden Town Group, featuring artists like Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore, and Harold Gilman, is discussed in detail, emphasising their diverse influences and technical handling. The issue mentions exhibitions in various Yorkshire galleries, displaying works by artists such as Augustus John, Wyndham Lewis, and Lucien Pissarro. The Festival of Britain celebrations in the City of Leeds include contributions from Temple Newsam House, featuring artists like Shaftesbury and Paolo de Matteis.

No. 13 Summer 1950

The Summer 1950 issue discusses exhibitions such as “Picasso au Midi” featuring works by Picasso, the “Children’s Art” exhibition, and the “Old Boys’ Book Club Exhibition” showcasing boys’ magazines from the past. It discusses acquisitions including colour lithographs by Sven Berlin, Robert Colquhoun, Edwin La Dell, Ceri Richards, William Scott, Keith Vaughan, and a colour wood engraving by Blair Hughes Stanton. The issue also spotlighted Leeds artist Phil May, known for his unique comic drawings, and his legacy in the art world.

No. 14 Autumn & Winter 1950-51

This issue discusses various art activities and organisations in Yorkshire, highlighting the importance of art museums, centers, clubs, schools, and universities in promoting art appreciation. It mentions a conference in York where representatives from different art entities gathered to review their work and discuss collaboration opportunities. This issue discusses an exhibition at the Leeds City Art Gallery featuring works by fifteen contemporary British artists, including renowned names such as Francis Bacon, Patrick Heron, and Keith Vaughan. The issue touches on the significance of temporary exhibitions in art appreciation and the role of public galleries in showcasing diverse artistic expressions. It also addresses concerns about the emphasis on emotionalism in modern art education and the importance of recognising children’s natural modes of artistic expression.

No. 15 Summer 1951

This issue contains information about Temple Newsam and its collections, including the announcement of the publication of an illustrated handbook on Temple Newsam with 99 illustrations. It also discusses festival exhibition catalogues on Chippendale Furniture and Leeds Pottery, highlighting their importance to students and connoisseurs. It provides insights into the popularity of classical mythology tapestries in the 17th century and their presence in country houses like Temple Newsam. It discusses the improvement in the number and quality of publications from museums and art galleries in recent years and includes details about various guides and catalogues.

No. 16 Autumn 1951

This issue mentions collections of pastel portraits by John Russell, including those of William Hey, Jr. and his wife Mary Hey. It also refers to the Radford family portraits, an unidentified pastel portrait of a man, and three large portraits in oil. It discusses a significant acquisition of about a thousand drawings by Cotman and his associates from the late S. D. Kitson, as well as the collection of the late Miss Agnes Lupton. This issue mentions Leeds Pottery Exhibition and the William Hogarth exhibition.

No. 17 Winter 1952

This issue discusses public attitudes towards new developments in art, highlighting the controversy surrounding Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure and the ongoing public prejudice towards innovative art forms. It emphasises the importance of patronage for artists and the role of organisations like the Arts Council in supporting contemporary art. The document also mentions upcoming exhibitions, including a display of contemporary paintings organised by the Arts Council and an international photographic exhibition. Additionally, it touches upon the diversity of artistic talent in the country and the need for enlightened patronage to support artists.

No. 18 Spring 1952

This issue mentions the custodianship of fifty-three masterpieces in Leeds since 1947, with additional artworks added over time. It highlights the impending departure of the collection to its rightful home, emphasising the need for people in Leeds and Yorkshire to appreciate the art while it is still available for public display. It describes various artists and their contributions to the collection, such as Robert Adam, Charles Louis Clerisseau, and Thomas Gainsborough. The significance of English watercolour artists like Girtin, Turner, and Cotman is also discussed. This issue also discusses Turner’s influence on engravers and the importance of the collection as a study resource for connoisseurs and students of artistic methods.

No. 19 Summer & Autumn 1952

This issue emphasises the diversity of ceramic wares, including Chinese, Persian, Greek, and English works, showcased in an exhibition. It touches on the satisfaction derived from art collecting, the variety of interests displayed in collections, and the reasons behind people’s motivations to collect art. It highlights the different artistic intentions and methods seen in paintings by Jack Yeats and Paul Nash, as well as the challenges in adequately surveying sculpture due to the variety of materials.

No. 20 Winter 1953

This issue highlights recent acquisitions of paintings, drawings, and prints, showcasing the growth of the permanent collection with notable purchases like the Portrait of Arbella Stuart. It also mentions upcoming exhibitions and events, such as the Early English Landscapes collection and the Lilian Lunn Costume Miniatures display.

Furthermore, the file addresses the importance of maintaining high standards of art in provincial galleries, referencing a talk by Sir Gerald Kelly on the Dulwich pictures in Leeds. It touches on the impact of potential departures of masterpieces on the local collection and suggests strategies for improving the quality of acquisitions.

No. 21 Spring 1953

This issue discusses the diverse collecting activities of Lord Brotherton, known for his collection of books and manuscripts that form the basis of the Leeds University library. It describes the loan to Temple Newsam, which included furniture, fans, and sculpture, showcasing pieces from the late eighteenth century English era known as the “Age of Elegance.”

Furthermore, it introduces the Pictures for Schools initiative, aiming to circulate original paintings, drawings, and reproductions to schools in Leeds. The selection of artworks serves the dual purpose of providing decorative and stimulating pieces for schools while also fostering an interest in art history among students.

No. 22 Summer 1953

This issue features an equestrian portrait by Rembrandt and etchings by the same artist, showcasing the diversity of the collection. The Arts Calendar is also mentioned, providing information on upcoming events and activities in the arts community.

Furthermore, a portrait from the Rembrandt School is discussed, adding to the fund’s collection. The document emphasizes the significance of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, particularly in how it was experienced by the public through television and film.

No. 23 Autumn 1953

This issue discusses the artist Phil May and his journey from obscurity to recognition. It highlights a small exhibition of his drawings at the Art Gallery, showcasing his talent. Over time, Phil May’s reputation has evolved, and he is now recognized for his exceptional work, which is sought after by collectors. Notable collectors have acquired his pieces, adding to the significance of his legacy in the art world.

No. 24 Winter 1954

This issue discusses exhibitions, acquisitions, restoration, and preservation of art, showcasing good design and construction. It also mentions specific artists like John Jackson and Jo: Carleton, along with their backgrounds and works. Additionally, it highlights the importance of developing a market for art in Leeds and the potential for selling artworks. The document emphasises the need for high-quality exhibitions to attract public interest and support for artists.

No. 25 Spring 1954

This issue lists upcoming exhibitions, such as “Figures in Their Setting” sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society, “English Drawings of the 17th Century,” “Football and the Fine Arts,” and “North Eastern Schools of Art.” Additionally, it mentions specific artworks on display, like “The Nativity from Pepper Arden Hall” attributed to The Master of Frankfurt at Temple Newsam House.

No. 10 Autumn 1949

This issue discusses The Yorkshire Artists’ Exhibition, highlighting the works of artists like Cotman and Kitson. Cotman’s approach to watercolors and sketches is explored, emphasising the importance of his outdoor studies. Kitson’s use of sketches as a study collection is noted, shedding light on Cotman’s working methods. This issue also touches on the debate on taste in art, mentioning renowned artists like Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Gainsborough. It discusses the role of Art Galleries in showcasing and evaluating artworks, and provides insights into the artistic movements of the time, including Impressionism, Expressionism, and Cubism, reflecting on the diversity and quality of submissions in the art world.


John Sell Cotman


Sidney D. Kitson

Van Dyck

No. 9 Summer 1949

This issue discusses various topics such as exhibitions, acquisitions, and controversy surrounding Temple Newsam Gardens. It highlights the acquisition of significant works by artists like Renoir, Bonnard, and Rouault, as well as English painters like Sickert, Lowry, and Tunnard . The emphasis is on acquiring fewer but more significant works by contemporary artists, reflecting a shift towards quality over quantity. Also mentioned are works of modern artists like Clausen, Meryon, and Whistler, alongside the importance of lithographs by artists such as Pitchforth, Lowry, and Nash. The Leeds Collection is noted for its preservation of various sketches and drawings, providing insight into artistic processes .




Henry Moore






Lucien Pisarro



Matthew Smith

Maurice Asselin





Stanley Spencer


Thomas W. Rutter



Walter Richard Sickert


No. 8 Spring 1949

The issue from Spring 1949 covers various topics related to art, photography, recent acquisitions, and cultural events. It discusses the controversy surrounding photography as a fine art, emphasising the mechanical nature of the process and the debate over whether photography can be considered a form of art. The issue also touches on the importance of skill and knowledge in photography, highlighting the technical aspects involved in creating photographic works. Includes information on the proposed restoration of the garden at Temple Newsam. This issue discusses various artists and their works, including Walter Richard Sickert, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Cecil Beaton, Charles Murray, Alfred Stevens, Lucien Pissarro, Dora Gordine, Duncan Grant, T. Carr, R. Buhler, L. Gowing, Augustus John, R.A., Sir William Nicholson, Stanley Spencer, Frances Hodgkins, Paul Klee, and Graham Sutherland. These artists are mentioned in the context of exhibitions, memorial showcases, recent works, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and watercolours displayed during that period.







L. Gowing

Lucien Pissarro

Man Ray


Paul Klee

R. Buhler


Sir William Nicholson

Stanley Spencer



T. Carr

Walter Richard Sickert

No. 7 Winter 1949

This issue provides insights into the art scene of Yorkshire. It discusses major events in the art activities of the north, including theYorkshire Artists Exhibition, the discontinuation of the exhibition during the outbreak of war, and the subsequent revival with changes in scheduling and format. It also includes information on drawings by Henry Moore, watercolours at Temple Newsam, the romanticism of Victorian sentimentality in art and gardens and the work of artist Christopher Wood and his piece “Drying Nets, Treboul”.

Henry Moore


No. 6 Autumn 1948

This issue discusses The Festival of Britain, highlighting its role in showcasing national achievements and resources. It emphasises the importance of local contributions to the Festival, with Leeds expected to make a substantial impact due to its traditions in music, visual arts, and industries. The issue also includes details of acquisitions and donations to art collections, including works by renowned artists such as John Miers, Sylvia Gosse, and Sir Henry Raeburn. 

No. 5 Summer 1948

The Summer 1948 Leeds Arts Calendar highlights various aspects of the art world during that period. It includes discussions on lending pictures to a Leeds factory canteen, the potential for expanding the Art Gallery’s extra-mural activities through loans, and the importance of stimulating interest in the visual arts. The calendar also features editorial content, recent acquisitions, outstanding exhibitions, and specific artist showcases such as Jack Yeats. The publication aims to promote art appreciation, showcase recent acquisitions, and engage the community in artistic endeavours.

No. 4 Spring 1948

This issue provides information about the Albertina Collection of Old Master Drawings from the National Library of Vienna, which includes works by renowned artists such as Dürer, Altdorfer, Grünewald, Perugino, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. The collection, consisting of 200 drawings dating from the 15th century to the present day, was exhibited in London, Edinburgh, and Leeds. Additionally, the document mentions upcoming exhibitions at Temple Newsam House, including a comprehensive display of works by Jack Yeats, an Irish artist known for capturing the essence of Ireland in his paintings. The Leeds Art Collections Fund is highlighted as a key supporter of art acquisitions and exhibitions, offering subscriptions for art enthusiasts to contribute and participate in various cultural events and excursions.





Lucien Pissarro

Nicolas Poussin

Paul Klee



Sir William Nicholson

Stanley Spencer



W. R. Sickert

No.3 Winter 1947

This issue delves into the activities of the Arts (Art Gallery and Temple Newsam House) Sub-Committee, the Leeds Art Collections Fund, and key individuals involved. It highlights artists like Graham Sutherland, Robert Hawthorne Kitson, and contemporary British and 19th & 20th-century French artists showcased in the Lefevre Gallery. This issue also mentions the President of the Leeds Art Collections Fund, subscription details for the Arts Calendar, and the role of Advisory Members, providing a comprehensive overview of art-related initiatives and collaborations within the institutions.

Robert Hawthorne Kitson


No.2 Autumn 1947

The Leeds Arts Calendar for Autumn 1947 showcases various aspects of the arts scene in Leeds, including recent acquisitions, exhibitions, and the activities of the Leeds Art Collections Fund. The publication reflects on the balance between content and appearance, receiving feedback from critics and aiming to improve its presentation while maintaining informative content. The issue highlights visits to Swinton Park and Temple Newsam House, featuring fine art collections and historical dress displays. Additionally, it discusses the significance of period dolls in understanding historical fashion and the impact of war art acquisitions on documenting wartime experiences. The issue emphasises the importance of feedback and contributions from readers to enhance the publication’s quality and relevance.

No.1 Summer 1947

This issue discusses various art-related topics, including exhibitions, British painting during the war years, Soviet theatre exhibition, and the introduction of the Leeds Arts Calendar. It highlights the interest in the visual arts in Leeds, the significance of art activities, and the efforts to promote and publicise cultural events in the region. It also touches upon the gap between contemporary people and contemporary art, emphasising the importance of understanding and appreciating both.

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