Alex Colville’s donation to the NGC Library and Archives
Alex Colville, Two Pacers [Study 14], 26 May 1951, graphite on paper. Alex Colville funds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. Gift of Alex Colville, May 2013. Photo: NGC
Shortly before passing away on July 16, 2013, distinguished Canadian painter Alex Colville (1920–2013) donated nearly 3,000 preparatory drawings to the Library and Archives collection at the National Gallery of Canada. The drawings were acquired along with professional and personal correspondence, including letters exchanged with writer and art connoisseur Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996) and author-philosopher Iris Murdoch (1919–1999). Other items in the donation include personal diaries and agendas, publications related to Colville’s career, photographs, degrees and awards, videos, reproductions of his work in books and periodicals, clippings, and plaster casts of designs for a medallion and a medal.
Cataloguing of the contents of the Alex Colville fonds has been generously supported by the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.