Collection NameBoswell, James
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TGA 201921
TitleA collection of Christmas cards designed by James Boswell
Extent1 folder
Access StatusOPEN
LocationManuscript collection
DescriptionA collection of personal and humorous greetings from the Boswell family.

The printed - though mostly hand-coloured - Christmas cards begin with a depiction of James, his wife, Betty and their daughter, Sal. This set the pattern for all subsequent cards alongside any family cats in various humorous settings.
ArrangementArranged chronologically
NotesDescriptions provided by Sal Shuel. Document included with archive.
Administrative HistoryJames Boswell studied at the Elam School of Art in 1924 and the Royal College of Art from 1925 to 1929. He exhibited with the London Group, 1927-1932, a period when he joined the Communist Party. He then concentrated on graphic work, producing lithographs with James Fitton between 1933 and 1939. Boswell became a founder member of the Artists' International Association, Art Editor of 'Left Review', and Art Director for the Shell Petroleum Company, 1930s-40s: serving in the Royal Army Medical Corp during the war years. He began to paint again after the war and started to exhibit his work again, but he also continued with his literary activities as Art Editor of 'Lilliput', 1947-1950 later joining the editor of this periodical, Richard Bennett, at 'The Sunday Telegraph' to illustrate one or two readers' letters each week from the mid-1960s until 1971. He combined this periodic commercial work with his longstanding role as editor of the in-house journal for Sainsbury's.
Acquisition SourcePresented by Sal Shuel 2019
Custodial HistorySal Shuel
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