- 1935-1936 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
5 boxes and 1 index card box
Name of creator
Architect. Born, Berlin 1907. Died, London 1985. Son of painter Arthur Segal. Won a scholarship to study architecture at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin, then Zürich, 1929-32. During this time he also became interested in joinery. His first commission, a small timber-framed house in Ascona, was for his father's patron, Bernhard Meyer, 1932. Worked as an archaeological surveyor in Egypt, whilst there began a study of furniture, focussing on the chairs and footstools from the tomb of Tutankhamun, 1935. Moved to London in 1936 to continue his studies at the British Museum. He then worked for interior and furniture designers, and for the Ministry of Supply during the War. Founded his own architectural practice, pioneering the design of inexpensive, self build, timber framed housing. He taught at the Architectural Association, 1944-8. Banister Fletcher Professor, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London, 1973. Taught at the Thames Polytechnic, 1976 onwards.
Given by Walter Segal to Dr Marianne Eaton-Krauss in December 1984.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Presented by Dr Marianne Eaton-Krauss in November 2008 (a), October 2014 and August 2015 (b).
Content and structure area
Scope and content
(a) 20 folders containing handwritten notes, pencil drawings, negatives, photographs, and postcards of furniture from the tomb of Tutankhamun (= MSS 1-20) (1935).
(b) 18 folders containing notes, drawings, negatives and photographs of thrones, chairs, stools and footstools mainly from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (1935) and the British Museum in London (1936), as well as from other collections, and material gathered from publications; 1 index card box with Segal's reference notes for his furniture records; and letter from T. G. H. James to M. Eaton-Krauss regarding Segal correspondence in the British Museum along with photocopies of the letters.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Kept as received.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Negatives possibly nitrate.
(a) Online catalogue. (b) None.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
These are originals.
Existence and location of copies
(a) Scans of all the material in the possession of Dr M. Eaton-Krauss.
(b) Copies probably in the possession of Dr M. Eaton-Krauss.
Material from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in (a)-(b): some copies in the possession of the museum and set of copies in the possession of the Schweizerisches Institut für Ägyptische Bauforschung und Altertumskunde in Kairo.