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      GB/NNAF/P32957
Burra, Edward John (1905-1976) 

Gender: Male

Functions, occupations and activities
Born in South Kensington, London (29 March 1905); studied at Chelsea Polytechnic school of Art (1921-1923) and at the Royal College of Art (1923-1925); made repeated visits to Paris and America; painted mostly watercolours, but also some oils; his first exhibition was at the Leicester Galleries (1929); designed sets and costumes for the theatre, especially for opera and ballet (from 1931); member of Unit One (1933); CBE (1971); lived at Rye throughout his life, except whilst at art college; died in hospital at Hastings (22 October 1976); unmarried

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COSTUME DESIGNERS
LANDSCAPISTS
PAINTERS
SCENOGRAPHERS
WATERCOLOURISTS

Archival Resources
Number noted: 9

Letters to Conrad Aiken, 1930-73
Held at: Huntington Library
Other information: Guide to literary MSS 1979

Correspondence and workbooks (2 large drawers), C1915-1970s
Held at: Private

Correspondence (1 file) regarding his work for the Royal Opera House, including holograph notes and letters (6); letter regarding the use of his designs in the Gold and Silver Gala, 1946-1950; 1996
Held at: Royal Opera House Archives
Document reference: GDCORR 21/136
Comments: Access to serious researchers on written application. Some files not accessible, due to confidential material

Material relating to designs for ballet productions "Don Juan", "Don Quixote" and "Miracle in the Gorbals" at the Royal Opera House; material may include designs, drawings, photographs, programmes, press cuttings,
Held at: Royal Opera House Archives
Comments: Access to serious researchers on written application. Some files not accessible, due to confidential material

Correspondence with John Banting, 1965-72
Held at: Tate Gallery Archive
Document reference: TGA 779

Correspondence, notebooks, diaries and papers,
Held at: Tate Gallery Archive
Document reference: TGA 939

Correspondence, papers and artwork, 1929-70
Held at: Tate Gallery Archive
Document reference: TGA 771

Letters to Seymour Lawrence, 1955-66
Held at: Tate Gallery Archive
Document reference: TGA 8913

Correspondence (23 items) with the Fine Arts committee of the British Council relating to the loan of three of his pictures to the New York World Fair 1939, c 1939
Held at: The National Archives: Public Record Office
Document reference: BW 63/13


Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55