Brenda Zara Seligman (Biographical details)

Brenda Zara Seligman (photographer; academic/intellectual; collector; British; Female; 1882 - 1965)

Also known as

Seligman, Brenda Zara; Salaman, Brenda Zara


Collector and photographer, greatly involved in the Anthropological Institute. Married Professor Charles Gabriel Seligman (q.v.) in 1905. They entered the field of Chinese, Korean and Indo-Chinese art in the 1920s and they jointly developed their collection which was continued after his death by Mrs Seligman and bequeathed by her in both their names to the Arts Council for a period of ten years (during which time an exhibition was held in London in 1966: 'The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art') on the understanding that afterwards the collection was to be divided between the British Museum (the majority of pieces) and the Victoria & Albert Museum. They contributed many pieces to the Royal Academy exhibition of 1935-1936.


Harrison-Hall, 2001, p.594 & 595; Davids and Jellinek, 2011, p. 395 & 396; Pierson 2007, p. 125, 140-1, 164, 200; John Ayers, 'The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art', Volumes I & II, 1964. “Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society”, vol. 35, 1963-1964, p. xxvi, obituary, Basil Gray. British Museum Quarterly, Vol. XV, 1941-50, p. 95.     'Who was Who, Vol. III: 1929-1940', q.v. 'Charles Gabriel Seligman' (London: A. & C. Black, 1967, second edition); Mary Tregear, 'The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art', Arts Council 1966, catalogue raisonné.