THE ARTISTS' LEAGUE OF GREAT BRITAIN FORMERLY THE IMPERIAL ARTS LEAGUE
||1909 - 1985
||London Metropolitan Archives
|Conditions of access
||The records are open and available for consultation.
|Source of acquisition
||The records of the Artists League of Great Britain were given to the London Metropolitan Archives in July 1998 by The Bankside Art Gallery.
||Artists' League of Great Britain; Imperial Arts League
The Artists' League of Great Britain was founded in 1909 as The Imperial Arts League. Its purpose was to "protect and promote the interests of Artists and to inform, advise and assist Artists, who have enrolled as members, in matters of business connected with the practice of the Arts". These 'business matters' included copyright, contracts, Reproduction Rights, Export Problems and Insurance.
The League was directed by a Council of experienced Artists who gave their services on a voluntary basis.
In 1971 the Imperial Arts League changed its name to The Artists' League of Great Britain.
The records have been divided into five main sections
* Administration [LMA/4054/A] which contains the council minutes starting from 1909, Annual General meetings, Press and Literary Committee, Finance Committee and Attendance Registers. There is also a short series of subject files which cover subjects ranging from sketching and painting in war time to members copyright and tax issues.
* Finance [LMA/4054/B]. This section consists of Financial statements and account books from 1949
* Correspondence [LMA/4054/C] both to and from the League
* Members Records [LMA/4054/D]. Individual members files relating to issues of copyright, export of art works, and includes some examples of artists work.
* Printed material/Ephemera [LMA/4054/E] contains copies of the Artists' League of Great Britain Newsletter, information leaflets and advice on copyright as well as newspaper cuttings 1939-1940 on aspects of art during the war and an illustrated 1914 dinner invitation to The Imperial Arts League.
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