The de Laszlo Archive Trust
The de Laszlo Archive Trust is a charitable trust (registered with the Charity Commission, no.1102468). It was set up in 2004 by Damon de Laszlo, primarily for the funding and administration of the research and cataloguing of Philip de László’s paintings and to preserve, catalogue and index the Archive.
Founder and President
Damon de Laszlo, DL
The Hon. Mrs Sandra de Laszlo, Director and Executive Editor, de László Catalogue Raisonné, Chairman of the Trust
Lucy de Laszlo, BA Hons
Howard S. Mighell, ACA, Secretary to the Trust
Dr Martin Postle, Deputy Director for Grants and Publications, The Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art
Andrew Wilton, FSA, Hon RWS, FRSA
The first Curator of the Clore Gallery for the Turner Collection at Tate Britain, London. Overseeing Editor, who has read and improved hundreds of de László picture descriptions over the years.
Paul Moorhouse, MA
Past Head of Collections Displays (Victorian to Contemporary) and Senior Curator of 20th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery
Richard Ormond CBE Co-author of the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné and Chairman. Past Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery and past Director of the National Maritime Museum.
Advisors to the Trust
Katherine Field, Senior Editor
Susan de Laszlo, Spanish and South American Editor
Beáta Somfalvi, Hungarian Editor
Dr Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Curator of Drawings / Conservatrice des Arts Graphiques at Musée d'Orsay
The Trust's Activities
The de Laszlo Archive Trust has donated to the National Portrait Gallery in London more than 15,000 items of correspondence and press cuttings that were kept by de László during his lifetime. This collection includes important letters between the artist and some of the most significant individuals of the period: Presidents, monarchs and courtiers, statesmen and diplomats, soldiers, scientists and churchmen, as well as artists, writers and musicians.
This unique collection provides a valuable insight not only into de László’s work but also into his role as witness to the historical and political events of his time. The material continues to be scanned and is held on a database in the Catalogue Raisonné office and much of the original material is held in the Heinz Archive and Library at the National Portrait Gallery. The Catalogue Raisonné Team translates, transcribes and indexes the papers and the information contained enriches the picture descriptions for the Catalogue.
The Trust has partly-sponsored and supported three exhibitions: A Brush with Grandeur (2004), De László in Holland (2007) and Philip de László Portraits (2010).
The Trust has funded the restoration of one of de László’s early masterpieces: a portrait of Lucy Guinness owned by the Dublin City Art Gallery - The Hugh Lane
The Trust has worked closely with National Life Stories, Artists’ Lives, at the British Library National Sound Archive. Those individuals who were recorded and mention the artist include: Philip German-Ribon, Lady Elizabeth Basset, Sir Alexander Glen, Diana Walford and Marit Aschan.
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The de Laszlo Archive Trust: registered with the Charity Commission, no.1102468