Collection NameDurst, Alan
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TGA 729
TitlePersonal papers and artwork of Alan Durst
Extent5 archive boxes & 4 Solander boxes
Access StatusOPEN
LocationManuscript collection
Solander box
Plan chest
DescriptionThe collection includes correspondence, lecture notes, receipts and account books, sketches, approval drawings and photographs.
ArrangementThe material has been arranged into the following series and sub-series:
TGA 729/1/1-512 Correspondence;
TGA 729/1/513-783 Sales and Accounts;
TGA 729/2/1-3 Photograph Albums;
TGA 729/3/1-179 Sketches and Drawings.
CopiesMicrofiche available.
OriginalsLoose photographs have been transferred to the Photograph Collection under the artist's name.
Related MaterialAdditional Durst material from the family was presented in 1997 under TGA 973.
Administrative HistoryAlan Durst (1883-1970) was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire, and educated at Marlborough College. He then served in the Royal Marines until 1913, when he began to learn to carve ivory at the London County Council Central School. His interest in carving led him to Chartres where he became enamoured of stone. But the First World War intervened, and for five years he served at sea, and on demobilization became curator of the Watts Museum at Compton, Surrey. In 1920, he returned to London and the Central School, carving in stone and wood, particularly for architectural and decorative purposes. He exhibited widely: in 1928 for instance, his work was shown at the Venice Biennale, the Duveen Exhibition at Buenos Aires, the London Group Retrospective, the Imperial Institute, and the Garden Sculpture Show at the Horticultural Hall. Durst believed that the disregard of material by the sculptor was due to the overwhelming application of modelling, supervening on the lost art of Gothic carving.
Acquisition SourcePresented by David Durst, 1972
Custodial HistoryPresented by David Durst, 1972

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