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Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910 exhibition records

Identifier: IR-CUR-034

Scope and Contents

Degas, Sickert, and Toulouse-Lautrec, London and Paris 1870-1910 explores the relationship between British and French artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with particular focus on the works of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Walter Sickert, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

These curatorial records were collected and created in the course of researching, planning, and executing the exhibition. This exhibition originated at Tate London, October 5, 2005 – January 15, 2006, and traveled to The Phillips Collection, February 18 – May 14, 2006. A substantial catalog was published by Tate Publishing in conjunction with the exhibition.

The primary creators of the exhibition records were Eliza Rathbone, Chief Curator, Renée Maurer, Curatorial Coordinator, and Christopher Ketcham, Assistant Registrar for Collections and Exhibitions, at The Phillips Collection; as well as Tate Britain staff Martin Myrone, Heather Birchall, and Catherine Putz.

The collection consists of the research and exhibition planning files of curatorial staff, interfiled. These records consist of research materials assembled, exhibition planning and execution documents such as legal and financial records, lender files, (restricted) and checklists (restricted).

Research was conducted by curatorial staff at The Phillips Collection; the files include various secondary sources on Degas, Sickert, and Toulouse-Lautrec, including writings by Sickert on Degas, dated 1917-1923. The collection also contains substantial provenance research, due to the fact that The Phillips Collection had to supply this information in the U.S. Indemnity Application, to bring works into the country from abroad. Provenance information was gathered in 2005-2006 by correspondence with various owners and collectors of works on loan to The Phillips Collection for the exhibition.


  • 1881 - 2006
  • Usage: The materials in this collection were used in preparation for the 2006 exhibition.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection includes restricted material.

Biographical / Historical

This exhibition represents the first instance of collaboration between The Phillips Collection and Tate Britain. The collaboration and the premise of the exhibition both support Duncan Phillips’ notions of art having the ability to transcend national borders.

Duncan Phillips had an early appreciation for Walter Sickert and became the first U.S. museum director to acquire a Sickert painting in 1930. The Phillips Collection owns six paintings by Sickert and five works by Degas.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 full legal boxes)

Language of Materials



Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910 exhibition records contain materials created and/or collected by the Curatorial Department of The Phillips Collection, during the course of organizing the exhibition at The Phillips Collection. Included are research, exhibition planning, and lender files.


The collection is organized as two series: Series 1: Research Series 2: Exhibition Planning

Series were arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically by publication date. The original alphabetical arrangement of the Exhibition Planning series was maintained.

Custodial History

This collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curators’ offices.

Processing Information

In a meeting with the librarian, it was decided to discard duplicative materials, general housekeeping materials (such as payment requisition forms and travel documentation forms), and duplicative photocopies, as well as images that were printed from online databases that included no scholarly material and were easily retrievable via library database searches.

The original alphabetical arrangement was maintained. Within folders, materials are arranged chronologically by date of creation as indicated on the document and followed by any undated materials, with the exception of Provenance Research (Box 2, Folder 1) which is arranged alphabetically by organization or individual name. Folder headings were maintained when applicable, but were rewritten in some cases for greater clarity and accuracy. Metal paperclips and staples were removed and replaced with plastic clips. All documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders and placed in acid-free archival boxes. Folders containing restricted materials were marked with a red dot (see note regarding "Restrictions").

Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910 exhibition records, 1881-2006
The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
Emily Hunter, UMD Graduate Student; Supervised by Karen Schneider, Librarian
November 2009 - January 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository

1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States