- Also known as
Herbert Charles Coleman
primary name: Coleman, Herbert Charles
other name: Kullmann, Charles
- individual; merchant/tradesman; collector; German; British; Male
- Life dates
- Greystoke, West Didsbury, Manchester
- The Museum acquired varied collections from Coleman 1923-1925, also the loan of Mesoamerican stone figure in 1936.
Originally called Charles Kullmann, a shipping merchant of the firm Kolp, Kullmann & Co., based in Manchester from 1914 (and perhaps born in England); he changed his name in 1916, and retired from business and moved to London in 1929. Roger Fry described him as 'an intelligent little man, rather a bounder, a cross between H .G. Wells and [Albert ] Rutherston; but he's got the best modern things in London'. In 1914 sold his first collection at the Hotel Drouot in Paris, where it caused a stir. The collection was exhibited beforehand at Bernheim-Jeune where it was reviewed on 14 May by Apollinaire ('Chroniques d'Art', ed. L. C. Breunig (Paris, 1960), pp. 374-5). There were just 13 pictures: a Bonnard, 2 Cezannes, a Cross, a Degas, a Van Gogh, a Matisse ('L'Ilysse du Parthenon'), 2 Renoirs, 3 Douanier Rousseaus and a Turner; this must have been one of the first works by Matisse to have been bought by someone living in England. After 1918 he formed a second collection which included Gauguin's 'Nevermore' and 3 paintings by Cezanne which were lent to the Royal Academy's 1932 French Art exhibition. He also lent pictures to a show of French art organised by Agnews in Manchester. Sales of his books at Sotheby 10-12 July 1933, 21 October and 16 December 1949.
Living at Durford Wood near Petersfield when he died. He left £77.641 and in addition to his bequest of 'my primitive painting' to the National Gallery, a collection of watercolours to the Whitworth Art Gallery and his sculptures, china, bronzes, a Kwangzu statue and antique furniture to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Percy Colson, 'Some notes on Mr. Herbert Coleman's collection', Apollo, XIII (January-June 1931), pp. 215-18
Denys Sutton (ed.), 'Letters of Roger Fry' (London, 1972), II, pp. 518, 729
'Who's Who in Art' (1927), p. 92; (1934), p. 89