Alt Ref NoMS 112
TitleSigfrid Henry Steinberg, papers on a Bibliography of the History of British Portraiture
Datec. 1930s-c. 1940
Extent3 boxes
DescriptionSigfrid Henry Steinberg (1899-1969) was a Historian, art historian, German and English linguist, historian of printing and typography. Born in Goslar, Germany, Steinberg moved to England in 1936 and took up a fellowship at the Courthauld Institute of Art. A teacher of German language and author of various reference works including: A Short History of Germany (1944); Five Hundred Years of Printing (1955); Steinberg’s Dictionary of British History (1963); The Thirty Years War and the Conflict for European Hegemony, 1600-1660 (1966); he was also editor of the Statesman’s Year Book (1946-1969) and editor of Cassel’s Encyclopaedia of Literature (1953). Steinberg maintained an interest in iconography and had intended to publish what his wife termed ‘a bibliography of [British] portraiture’ but the Second World War interrupted this effort and the original manuscript was lost (material relating to this unrealised project was donated by Steinberg to the National Portrait Gallery in 1967, see below). Material in the National Portrait Gallery’s archive (Notes on Sitters: King George I, NPG49/1/41) indicates that in 1937 he was in the course of collecting references to portraits of George I, a project which was not to be realised in print. Following his death, in 1973 his widow Christine Steinberg donated a card index created by him, relating to portraits of George I, to the National Portrait Gallery.

Material deposited in 1967 contains four files containing the following:
- Typescript bibliography, thought to be for 'A Guide to British Historical Portraits for the use of Historians', c. 1935-c. 1940
- Notes for bibliography, c. 1935-c. 1940
- Correspondence, includes correspondence from Sir Henry Mendelssohn Hake (when Director of the National Portrait Gallery) and a copy of 'Collections of Historical Portraits and other forms of Iconography in Great Britain' by W. G. Constable (1934). Some Correspondence is in German. Correspondence spans 1935-1940.
- Undated notes and newspaper cuttings, some in German, c. 1935-c. 1940.

The material deposited in 1973 consists of research material created by Steinberg for a article or book on the portraits of George I. The material consists of index cards, photographs and notes.
Related MaterialNotes on Sitters, George I [NPG49/1/41] includes correspondence with Steinberg regarding portraits of George I (1937).
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