[ Herbert Hampton: a monumental sculptor in the Raj. ] Thirteen items relating to Hampton's Indian commissions, including correspondence (including letters from Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy and Phirize C. Settina), telegrams, a printed seating plan.

Herbert Hampton (1862-1929), English sculptor [ Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy (1878-1931), 5th Baronet; Phirize C. Settina, President of the Bombay Municipality ]
Publication details: 
Bombay, Bankipur, Burdwan, and other locations in India. One item from 1914, one from 1916, the rest from 1915.
SKU: 20187

Hampton was one of the most successful British public artists of the late Victorian period. See his obituary, 13 February 1929, followed by letters from Reginald Hallward and Frank Gibson (16 February), J. R. K. Duff (19 February) and A. T. Sheppard (21 February). The present collection casts light on the practice of public art in the last days of the Raj. The thirteen items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: TLS from Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy (1878-1931), 5th Baronet. On letterhead of Mazagon Castle, Bombay. 29 November 1915. He asks him to 'confirm in writing what passed at our interview on Saturday last, when we visited the Town Hall and inspected the statue of the 1st Sir Jamsetjee Jajeebhoy in the vestibule. […] I think you told me that it would cost £200 or Rs.3000/- inclusive of all charges to remove carefully from the statue the head which is cracked and that you will carve a new head which will be substituted in its place. I also understood you to say that you will undertake to clean the surface of the whole statue in its original colour and will not use marble of such a colour for the new head as will not match or appear to be a match upon the old statue.' TWO and THREE: Two TLsS from Phirize C. Settina, President of the Bombay Municipality. On letterhead of Canada Building, Hornby Road, Bombay. 11 June and 14 August 1915. In the first letter he writes: 'They are collecting funds for a memorial to the late Mr. Gokhale but the Committee have not yet decided as to what shape it would take. […] If they do decide upon a statue I know there are several on the committee who are strongly in favor of entrusting any work in their way to Sir Thomas Brock. […] The Secretaries are many and on second thought I may advise you to address the moving spirit amongst them, Sir Fazulbhoy Carrimbhoy, Esplanade Road, Bombay.' In the second he states that 'Sir Fazulbhoy Currimbhoy has passed on your letter to one of his co-secretaries Mr. Jehangir B. Petit who it appears takes a more active interest in the Gokhale Memorial Fund. They have not yet decided as to what to do with the funds which I believe have now reached about £3000/-'. FOUR: TLS, signature indecipherable (Maharajadhiraja Bahadur Sir Bijay Chand Mahtab, 1881-1941?). On letterhead of The Palace, Burdwan. 19 June 1915. Addressed to Hampton at 16 Maida Vale, London. He has received Hampton's letter and 'photographs of the bust of Raja Ban Behari Kapur Saheb, C.S.I.', and is 'very pleased to see from the photos that you have been able to finish the work so well. I approve of your suggestion to deliver the bust to me personally in October next when I expect to be in Calcutta […] The bust is not meant to be placed inside a hall; so, a plain pedestal, as suggested by you, is not necessary. It will be placed under a canopy in a square and a small pedestal, which will be required for it, may be ordered locally in Calcutta in consultation with you.' FIVE: ALS from C. A. Oldham. On Bankipur letterhead, with 'Commissioner's House' added by Oldham. 11 August 1915. He approves of Hampton's planned visit in November. 'Sir Charles was here a few days ago on tour, and I took him round the New Capital site and the 'Hardinge Park”. He told me His Excellency was anxious that he (Sir Charles) should unveil the statue in November before he leaves India (about the 20th Novr.) to take up his new appt. on the Indian Council. SIX. ALS, signature indecipherable. On letterhead of a Member of Council, Bihar & Orissa, Bankipore. 3 September [1915]. He is 'writing to the Secretaries to lose no time in sending the money to you that is due'. He regrets that it is not in his power 'to order a marble statue for Sir Charles Bayley as His Hness has declined the offer. | I saw the Viceroy yesterday and he is very anxious that the statue should arrive and be put up in as early as possible.' SEVEN: TNS, signature indecipherable. 13 Esplanade Road, Bombay. 1 December 1915. 'I have just been told that the Chakrata is due here on the 8th and the Chinkara on the 10th. I am writing this to inform you in case you have any arrangements to make for Sir Guy Fleetwood Wilson's bust.' In envelope addressed to Hampton at the Taj Mahal Hotel. EIGHT: Telegram from Mithapur to 'H Hampton Sculptor'. Stamped 15 January 1914. 'Proceed delhi from bombay Communicating your dates Private Secy Viceroy. | Maharaja Darbhanga'. NINE: Telegram from the Viceroy's camp, Surangarh. 'I am wiring today to Maharaja Gwalior asking him to put you up enroute to Delhi Maharaja will be at Bikaner till about 30 Novr or first Decr will you telegram him direct telling him date you are passing through Gwalior = Colonel Maxwell Viceroys Camp'. TEN: Printed seating plan for a dinner, 8 January 1916, at Government House, Madras. Small bifolium on card, separated into two parts along the fold line. 'Mr. Hampton' is among the twenty-two guests, paired with 'Lady Daly' (wife of Sir Hugh Daly). Other guests include 'Mr. Sydenham Clarke', 'Captain Money', Captain Collingridge'. ELEVEN. TLS, signed to 'Mrs. G. Alec Tweedie, | 30, York Terrace, | Harley Street, W.', by Frank Ritchie 'For the Managing Directors' of the Consular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, 122 Leadenhall Street, London. 5 October 1915. In response to her letter, Lord Inchape is sending a letter of introduction for Hampton 'to the Company's Agents and Commanders […] We have reserved a cabin for the exclusive use of Mr. Hampton in the s.s. “MOREA” on the outward voyage, and have instructed our Superintendent in Bombay to make similar arrangements on the return journey.' TWELVE: On letterhead of the P. & O. S. N. Co., S.S. Maloja. Dated from the Indian Ocean, 20 November 1915, and headed 'The Maloja Talisman'. Signed by three parties (Davidson, Drury and Payne?), with message: 'With the compliments and thanks of three grateful “models”.' THIRTEEN: Photograph, cut from magazine (for Hampton to work from?), of 'The Late Hon. Mr. G. K. Gokhle, C.I.E., in whose death the country has lost a great, gifted and noble-hearted patriot of the foremost rank.'?>