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Gordon Onslow-Ford papers, 1951-1978

Onslow-Ford, Gordon, 1912-2003



Collection Information

Size: 0.3 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 reels); 2 Items, Addition

Summary: 13 studio notebooks and travel journals; and drafts of unpublished manuscripts.
REELS 1452-1453: Thirteen studio notebooks and travel journals, 1951-1973, containing numerous illustrations in watercolor, ink, and pencil, plus notes, observations, ideas for books and paintings, travel experiences, notes on art seen, etc. Onslow-Ford travelled to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Tibet, India, Egypt, England, France, Spain, Central America, and Mexico.
UNMICROFILMED: Drafts of two unpublished manuscripts: an early version of "Instant Painting," ca. 1960-1961, and "Creation," summer of 1971.
ADDITION: Two draft calligraphic manuscripts for "Creation," ca. 1978, 44 oversize pages total.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Inverness, Calif.; b. Dec. 26, 1912, Wendover, England; d. Nov. 9, 2003


Travel journals and notebooks lent for microfilming 1975. Manuscripts donated 1979 and 1992 by Gordon Onslow-Ford.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 1452-1453: Originals returned to Gordon Onslow-Ford after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1452-1453 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Addition: Unmicrofilmed; use requires an appointment.

How to Cite This Collection

Gordon Onslow-Ford papers, 1951-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.