Tate Images Michael Andrews copyright representation

A Man who Suddenly Fell Over 1952; Michael Andrews 1928-1995; © The Estate of Michael Andrews; Photo: Tate

We are thrilled to announce that the estate of Michael Andrews RA have appointed Tate Images to exclusively administer and license the copyright for the entirety of his oeuvre.

Michael Andrews is rightly regarded as one of Britain’s leading post war painters and is often linked with artists of the so called ‘School of London’, most notably alongside Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Leon Kossoff. Known as a meticulous artist, creating paintings characterised by intensity of observation and exacting technical virtuosity, Andrews’ work demonstrates a preoccupation with the depiction of the human figure and a deep involvement with the subject of landscape.

“We were delighted to discover that Tate Images were able to help us with reproduction rights and copyright, an area in which they have a far greater knowledge than we do. As the Tate owns six of my father’s paintings, and holds his archive it just felt like the most natural fit, and obvious to us that they should also manage the copyright on our behalf. Communication has always been good and we look forward to a long working relationship.”

– June and Melanie Andrews, The Estate of Michael Andrews –

Tate Images are delighted to be able to offer this additional service to our clients across all industries, worldwide, on behalf of the estate and in-line with our other represented estates: Sir Jacob Epstein, Naum Gabo, Nigel Henderson and Cecil and Elizabeth Collins.

Artwork by Michael Andrews and a selection of archive material relating to his life and work can be viewed here.

Michael Andrews in the Tate Collection

Where artwork is held in Tate’s collection we are pleased to be able to provide our clients with permissions for both Tate’s photography of the works and Michael Andrews’ copyright in the artworks themselves without any need to contact third parties.

Tate currently hold six paintings within the collection including The Deer Park 1962 and A Man Who Suddenly Fell Over 1952 as well as arguably Andrews’ best known work, Melanie and Me Swimming 1978-9.

Where artworks are held in other collections Tate Images can clear artistic copyright on behalf of the estate.

Archive Material

Tate is also privileged to hold Michael Andrews personal papers within Tate Archives, which covers his career from 1951 to his death in 1995.

Andrews spent a great deal of time researching, collecting source material, taking photographs and making notes and diagrams for each of his artworks. He would display the material in his studio as either a ‘wall collage’ or ‘table spread’ while he worked.

The depth of investigation prior to painting is reflected in the papers which contain artworks, writings, correspondence, project and exhibition files, photographs, press cuttings and printed ephemera. All providing an invaluable insight in to the artist and his processes.

A selection of items from the personal papers can be viewed here.

Tate Images newsletter – 20 July, 2021.
Picture credit: A Man who Suddenly Fell Over 1952; Michael Andrews 1928-1995; ©The Estate of Michael Andrews; Photo: Tate