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Unused 4to sketchbook/album of good thick paper, with the ownship inscription of the artist/diarist Joseph Farington, and the words 'The Incorporated Society of Artists' on the spine. Enclosed: a membership list and three other items

Author: 
Joseph Farington (1747-1821), landscape painter and diarist [The Incorporated Society of Artists, London]
Publication details: 
The volume contains paper watermarked 1806. The printed membership list of the Society of Artists, London, is dated 1774, and another item is dated 1777.
£200.00

The present item is a puzzle. Farington joined the Incorporated Society of Artists at the age of twenty-one, and played an active part in its affairs until his resignation in 1773.

Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass. Instituted A.D. 1763.

Author: 
William Dummer Northend [The Dummer Academy; Governor Dummer Academy; The Governor's Academy]
Publication details: 
Massachusetts: Printed at the Salem Gazette Office. 1844.
£100.00

8vo: 53 pp. In modern green wraps with white paper label. Text clear and complete. On aged, stained paper with slight wear to extremities. Pencil addition of one name. One page 'Advertisement', dated August 1844, by 'W. D. N.' (i.e. William Dummer Northend), and four-page anonymous 'Preface', giving a history of the Academy. 22-line newspaper cutting loosely inserted, headed 'Dummer Academy', and with dates March and April 1845 on reverse. Excessively scarce. According to WorldCat no copy in America, and the only copy on COPAC at the British Library.

[ Tass Agency, London. ] Number ('Evening Bulletin') of 'Soviet Monitor', with two articles: 'The Situation in India | Lecture by Academiciann Zhukov' and 'The Former "Siberia of Siberia" | Object-Lesson of Yakutia's Development'.

Author: 
[ Tass Agency; Soviet Union; Evgenyii Mikhailovitch Zhukov of the USSR Academy of Sciences; Jimmy Shields (1900-1949) ]
Publication details: 
Issued by Tass Agency, Chronicle House, 72-78 Fleet Street, E.C.4., London. No. 8669, 28 June 1947.
£90.00

5pp., folio. Duplicate typescript on three leaves. In fair condition, on aged paper. The first article, produced on the eve of Indian independence, begins: 'Moscow radio broadcast an account of a lecture given by Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences Zhukove on "The Situation in India" at the Polytechnical Museum in Moscow.' It proceeds with a summary of Zhukov's lecture, the view he expounds including the following: 'Britain's new policy derives from the economic changes which took place in India during the years of the Second World War.

[ David Roberts, RA, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed regarding arrangements for a coach journey to 'Stanfields' [i.e. the artist Clarkson Stanfield ].

Author: 
David Roberts (1796-1864), RA, Scottish artist [ Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), artist ]
Publication details: 
Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 16 January 1856.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The recipient's name is unclear. The letter begins: 'I wrote to Henry yesterday, that I should have a Fly here Tomorrow, Thursday, at 4 OClock to take & bring you back from Stanfields - and last night I recd yours stating - you would take a Fly to bring you here'. He discusses the alternatives, commenting 'Had it not better remain as arranged?'

[ Frederick Richard Pickersgill, RA. ] Autograph Signature ('Fred R PIckersgill') on part of letter.

Author: 
F. R. Pickersgill [ Frederick Richard Pickersgill ] (1820-1900), RA, English artist and book illustrator
Publication details: 
36 Mornington Crescent, 24 May 1853.
£20.00

On 7.5 x 11 cm slip cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. On one side reads: 'Gentlemen | Your Obt. Servt. | Fred R Pickersgill | 36 Mornington Crescent | 24 May 1853.' and on the other '[...] at the ensuing half yearly distribution of the Funds of the Institution - | Mr. Varrall is not personally known to me but from the representation of Mr WIlliams ARA [...]'.

[ Frank Howard, English artist and engraver. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frank Howard') to the connoisseur Thomas Wilson, regarding work he is doing on Wilson's 'Catalogue Raisonne of the Select Collection of Engravings of an Amateur'.

Author: 
Frank Howard (c.1805-1866), artist and engraver, son of Henry Howard (1769-1847), RA [ Thomas Wilson, solicitor, agent to Lord Portman ]
Publication details: 
'Blue Hayes near Honiton Clyst [ Devon ]'. Undated [ circa 1828 ].
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium, addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'T. Wilson Esqre. | 168. Regent St.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He writes that he is enclosing 'the remainder of the drawings and six of the engravings. The latter I hope are equal to if not improvements upon the drawings - I hope I shall not delay the publication of your catalogue.' He asks him to return the drawings to Newman Street, 'with any remarks you may wish to make, and which I will pay the greatest attention to and engrave them immediately upon the receipt of them'.

[ Frederick William Pomeroy, sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. W. Pomeroy') to Douglas Sladen, declining an invitation to a 'delightful Gathering'.

Author: 
F. W. Pomeroy [ Frederick William Pomeroy ] (1856-1924), English sculptor responsible for statue of 'Justice' on the Old Bailey [ Douglas Sladen (1856-1947), author and academic ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Kensington Square, W.8 [ London ]. 7 June 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with slight smuding at head of first page. There is nothing he should have liked more than to accept Sladen's invitation to 'what will be a delightful Gathering, at your house at Richmond on the 9th.', but he has a previous engagement. 'Some other time, if you extend the hand of friendship in this charming way I shall be delighted to come and see you.'

[ William Edward Frost, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. E. Frost') to Joseph B. Cooke, regarding family illness and the gift of a photograph.

Author: 
W. E. Frost [ William Edward Frost ] (1810-1877), English artist specialising in female nudes, Royal Academician [ Joseph B. Cooke; Oscar Wilde ]
Publication details: 
46 Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 30 January 1875.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. He regrets to inform him that 'we have still a sick house'. His 'dear Sister' has been 'very ill', but he trusts they are 'both mending'. He concludes: 'I have pleasure in enclosing a Photo of myself, and shll be pleased to be admitted to your collection'. Professor Joseph Bristow, in his paper 'Homosexual Blackmail in the 1890s', describes how, twenty years later (on 11 August 1894), at a party hosted at 46 Fitzroy Square by John Watson Preston, twenty men were arrested, including two dressed in women's clothing.

[ Paul Sandby, artist and engraver. ] Pencil notes by 'Paul Sandby Esqr.', over 'Monthly Return of the Classes under the First drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy'. With portrait of Sandby, engraved by H. Landseer from a drawing by W. Evans

Author: 
Paul Sandby (c.1731-1809), English artist and engraver, Chief Drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [ H. Landseer; W. Evans ]
Publication details: 
Engraving 'Published Dec. 4 1809 by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand, London'.
£135.00

MANUSCRIPT: 1p., folio. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. On good watermarked laid paper, with pencil text written over an elegantly printed page divided into five columns ('Class', 'Studies', 'Order', 'Names', 'Remarks'), headed (with manuscript additions in square brackets): 'Monthly Return of the Classes under the First drawing Master at the Royal Military Academy. [March] 1st. 17[39 Paul Sandby Esqr.]'. The manuscript text is written both across the page and lengthwise. At the foot is a stave of music, with the words 'Violoncelloe [sic] de la music militaire'.

[ Joseph Durham ] Autograph Letter Signed "Josh. Durham", sculptor, to "Spiers", architect[Richard Phene Spiers?], photographer[?] about photographs sent.

Author: 
Joseph Durham, sculptor
Publication details: 
21 Devonshire St, Portland Place [London], 17 January [no year given].
£65.00

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. "Many thanks to you for the photographs- they are delightful remembrances or rather they recall a delightful visit for if truth must be told, I don't think the Photo by any means a successful one - you look dreadfully ill, your son worse Mrs Spiers a Mulatto, Hull [or Hall] - all four, Mrs Hull[Hall] & Mrs Hawthorne very [?underlined] would not be made frights of.

[ Sir Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy.. ] Autograph Signature ('Edward J. Poynter..').

Author: 
Sir Edward John Poynter [ Sir Edward John Poynter ] (1836-1919), painter and President of the Royal Academy
Publication details: 
23 October 1906. Place not stated.
£20.00

On one side of 8.5 x 11 cm piece of paper. In good condition. Neatly written and stylishly written and reading 'Edward J. Poynter. | Oct. 23. 06.'

[ Christopher Sanders, RA. ] Manuscript of unpublished illustrated children's book: 'Bonky | A most unusual Caterpillar with a Wooden Leg | Written and illustrated by Barbara and Chritopher Sanders'. With full layout and accompanying typed text.

Author: 
Christopher Sanders (1905-1991), RA, English artist; his wife Barbara Sanders
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1950s? ].
£320.00

ONE: Layout. 39pp., landscape folio (leaf dimensions 25 x 38.5 cm.), bound up with string. Pencil layout of a charming book, with some of the illustrations full-page and in colour (including merry-go-round, fishtank, traction engine, fireworks). Title-page detached and with creasing and wear to extremities, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. TWO: Typed text headed 'BONKY'. 20pp., folio. On 20 leaves, attached with a rusty metal clip, otherwise in good condition.

[ G. D. Leslie, artist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'G. D. Leslie') to 'Grant'

Author: 
G. D. Leslie [ George Dunlop Leslie ] (1835-1921). RA, English genre painter
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of Riverside, Wallingford [ Berkshire ].16 and 23 December 1883.
£80.00

Both items in fair condition, bifoliums on lightly aged paper. ONE: 16 December 1883. 3pp., 12mo. Telling the story of the 'Wallingford Belles', beginning with the family of 'Thomas Clark [...] landlord of the Lamb Hotel, formerly called the Bell' When Grant visits him the following summer he will give him 'lessons in painting & as much Lawn Tennis as you like and there is no end to the Archaeology of the neighbourhood'. TWO: 23 December [1883]. 4pp., 12mo. He begins by offering to aid Grant's researchehs by search the parish registers.

[ John Pye, landscape painter. ] Manuscript Letter to fellow-artist Walter Field, written by an amanuensis and signed 'John Pye', giving his opinion of a copy of Turner's 'England and Wales' being offered for sale at Christie's.

Author: 
John Pye (1782-1874), English landscape painter [ Walter Field (1837-1901), artist ]
Publication details: 
17 Gloucester Crescent, NW [ London ]. 3 March 1871.
£135.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. He writes that he has 'carefully looked over the Copy of "Turner's England and Wales," that will be offered for Sale at Christies rooms on Tuesday next', and that while he finds it 'in all respects good of its kind, and applicable to the Library of a gentleman', it is 'not so well applicable to the Studio of an Artist, whose aim is to acquire from it, all the knowledge that a more refined class of impressions of places might impart to him'.

[ Sir John Watson Gordon, artist. ] Part of Autograph Letter Signed ('John Watson Gordon') to unnamed recipient, regarding a visit to Edinburgh and his 'kind and generous sentiments'.

Author: 
Sir John Watson Gordon (1788-1864), Scottish portrait painter and President of the Royal Scottish Academy
Publication details: 
123 George Street, Edinburgh. 21 February 1858.
£45.00

Previously laid down in an autograph album. On both sides of a 12 x 10.5 cm. piece of paper, cropped down from 12mo. In fair condition, but with some loss of text due to cropping, and with traces of glue on first page (i.e. the page without the signature). On the first page he approves the postponement of the recipient's visit to Edinburgh, and on the second he expresses admiration for 'the kind and generous sentiments displayed on both sides and described with such perfect simplicity' in 'the presented papers'.

[ Christopher Sanders, RA. ] Manuscript of unpublished illustrated children's book: 'Bonky | A most unusual Caterpillar with a Wooden Leg | Written and illustrated by Barbara and Chritopher Sanders'. With full layout and accompanying typed text.

Author: 
Christopher Sanders (1905-1991), RA, English artist; his wife Barbara Sanders
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1950s? ].
£320.00

ONE: Layout. 39pp., landscape folio (leaf dimensions 25 x 38.5 cm.), bound up with string. Pencil layout of a charming book, with some of the illustrations full-page and in colour (including merry-go-round, fishtank, traction engine, fireworks). Title-page detached and with creasing and wear to extremities, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. TWO: Typed text headed 'BONKY'. 20pp., folio. On 20 leaves, attached with a rusty metal clip, otherwise in good condition.

[ Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, chemist. ] Manuscript note, signed by Abel ('F. A. Abel') to Sir Walter Buller.

Author: 
Sir Frederick Augustus Abel (1827-1902), British chemist, Lecturer in Chemistry at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [ Sir Walter Lawry Buller (1838-1906), New Zealand ornithologist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the Colonies and India, London. 19 December 1893.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The note reads: 'The form of receipt is in the printers' hands. Addressed to Buller at the South Kensington Hotel.

[ George Arnald and Sir Thomas Lawrence, painters. ] Autograph Letter Signed from 'G. Arnald' 'To the President and Council of the Royal Academy', requesting relief for the widow of artist Thomas Whitcombe. With Autograph Note by Lawrence in reply.

Author: 
George Arnald (1763-1841), English landscape painter; Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), President of the Royal Academy and portrait painter [ Thomas Whitcombe (1763-c.1824), English artist ]
Publication details: 
18 June 1829.
£150.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Arnald's appeal begins: Appealing to the 'known humanity' of Lawrence and the Council, Arnald writes on behalf of 'Mrs. Abigail Whitcombe, widow of Mr. Thos. Whitcombe late of Clarendon Square, marine painter, and for 40. Years an annual contributor to the Exhibition of the Royal Academy', who has previously received assistance, but is now 'almost totally deprived of sight, and otherwise afflicted', and is dependent on 'the assistance afforded by friends on whom she has no Claim'.

Autograph Diary of Jennifer Samuel, twenty-year-old student under H. J. Eysenck at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, and amateur actress training for a career in the theatre at the City Lit.

Author: 
Jennifer Samuel (b.1938) [Professor H. J. Eysenck, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London; Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts; Bristol Theatre School; City Literary Institute]
Publication details: 
In 'Letts Desk Diary 1959' (Charles Letts & Co. Ltd. London).
£450.00

Iv + 224pp, 8vo. Ownership inscription of 'Jennifer Samuel 16.12.58'. In good condition, lightly-aged and worn. The diary is arranged with two days to a page, and with fourteen lines available for each entry. Seven pages of 'cash account', giving expenditure from January to July, at end. Almost without exception, each page is fully filled in, mostly in pencil.

[ Robin Wallace, British artist in the Second World War. ] Ten items including three Typed Letters Signed from Arnold Palmer of the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant, and the War Office and Ministry of Labour.

Author: 
Robin Wallace (1897-1952), English landscape artist [ Arnold Nottage Palmer (1886-1973), artist and arts administrator; the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant ]
Publication details: 
Palmer's three letters on letterheads of the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London. Also items from the War Office and Ministry of Labour.
£200.00

Wallace, a well-known painter of landscapes and still life subjects in oil and water-colour, was born at Kendal in the Lake District and studied in Kensington at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1922, and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, and with the Lake Artists' Society. He was a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists. The present collection casts an interesting light on the efforts of a good English artist to be of use to the war effort. Ten items.

[ Oliver Hall, RA, English artist and engraver. ] Drypoint etching titled 'Hayling Island' (in Hampshire). One of an edition of 40, signed by Hall and inscribed by him to Robin Wallace.

Author: 
Oliver Hall (1869-1957), RA, English landscape artist and engraver [ Robin Wallace (1897-1952), English artist from Kendal, Westmoreland ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. The subject is Hayling Island in Hampshire.
£65.00

On watermarked laid paper. Dimensions of paper: 23 x 32cm. Dimensions of plate: 14 x 20cm. In fair condition, aged and lightly stained, with creasing and short closed tear to right-hand margin, but with the engraving good and clear. A windy scene, with a turbulent cloudy sky weighing heavily over a disheveled windswept landscape, in which two small figures can be made out on a bridge. Inscribed in pencil beneath the plate: 'Oliver Hall | To R. Wallace | Ed: 40.' The title 'Hayling Island' is in pencil in the bottom right-hand corner.

[ Thomas Faed, RA, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Your Old Dad | Thomas Faed') to his daughter (or daughter-in-law) Mary, and Autograph Note Signed to his son 'Jack' [ John Francis ].

Author: 
Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of 244 Cavendish Road, St John's Wood, N.W. [ London ]. The letter to Mary dated 5 September 1894. The note to Jack undated.
£35.00

Both items 1p., 12mo. ONE: Letter to Mary. In good condition, lightly-aged. He thanks her for 'the beautiful Plums', before continuing, 'The wee lassie was a little at home with me - She is very bonnie.' Faed's daughter was named Beatrice, so it is likely that the note was addressed to his daughter-in-law, the wife of Jack. TWO: Note to Jack. In fair condition, lightly-aged and creased, with traces of wax from mount on reverse. Reads: 'My Dear Jack | Very glad that Mary is a ltitle better. | Your aff Father | Thomas Faed'.?>

[ Thomas Faed, RA, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Signature and Christmas message.

Author: 
Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist
Publication details: 
No place. 25 December 1881.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly-aged and spotted, with minor traces of glue from mount on reverse. Reads: 'With the Compliments of the Season to all | from | Thomas Faed | 25 Der. 1881'. For information on Faed, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Thomas Faed, RA, Scottish artist. ] Printed handbill poem in Scottish dialect by 'Tom Faed', titled '"The Shadow"', and beginning 'Oh wae is me! - I sit alane'.

Author: 
Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Nicely printed on one side of a piece of laid watermarked paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with slight loss to one corner caused by removal from an album. Sixteen-line poem in four four-line stanzas. Signed in type at foot 'TOM FAED.' The poem is a lament by the betrothed of a sailor drowned in the Firth of Forth. The first stanza reads: 'Oh wae is me!

[ William Black, Scottish novelist. ] Autograph Note Signed, asking Scottish painter Thomas Faed to second his application for membership of the Athenaeum.

Author: 
William Black (1841-1898), Scottish journalist and novelist [ Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, S.W. [ London ] 26 July [no year].
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly-aged, and laid down on a piece of card. Reads: 'July 26 | My dear Faed, | Would you mind seconding me at the Athenaeum? I believe Tom Hughes has put down my name. | Yours faithfully | William Black.' According to Black's entry in the Oxford DNB, he 'studied landscape painting for a short time in the Glasgow School of Art, but, becoming connected with the Glasgow Citizen, gradually exchanged art for journalism'.

[ Samuel Cousins, engraver. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Saml: Cousins') to the Scottish artist Thomas Faed

Author: 
Samuel Cousins (1801-1887), RA, English mezzotint engraver [ Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA, Scottish artist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 24 Camden Square, N.W. [London] 29 October 1877.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly-aged, with small piece of mount adhering at head. Accepting an invitation to dinner.

[ Samuel Cousins. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml: Cousins') to fellow-engraver Thomas Goff Lupton, regarding an invitation to tea and 'Wilson's entertainment'.

Author: 
Samuel Cousins (1801-1887), RA, English mezzotint engraver [ Thomas Goff Lupton (1791-1873), engraver and artist ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. 'Monday morning'.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condiion, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Dear Lupton | I find that we do not dine 'till 6 to day and consequently I shall not be able to take tea with you at half past 6 -'. He still intends to 'go to Wilson's entertainment', and hopes to be with Lupton 'by half past seven, if not sooner'.

[ John Faed, Scottish painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Fanny', making a Christmas present of an engraving to 'fill a corner in your Boudoir'.

Author: 
John Faed (1819-1902), RSA, Scottish painter, brother of Thomas Faed (1826-1900), RA
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 38 St. John's Wood, Park, N.W. [ London ] 25 December 1865
£25.00

2pp., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly-aged, with trimmed margins and slight damage at head from removal from album. He asks her to accept a 'Copy of Titian's "Ascension of the Virgin". You seemed to like it and it may fill a corner in your Boudoir.' He apologises if the frame is 'not as it should be but some might prefer he quaint old pattern to a more modern one.' From the papers of Faed's nephew John Francis Faed, son of the Royal Academician Thomas Faed (1826-1900), and so probably addressed to a family member.

[ Peter Graham, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Jack' [i.e. John, son of Scottish artist Faed], regarding his pictures in a Royal Academy exhibition.

Author: 
Peter Graham (1836-1921), RA, Scottish artist [ Thomas Faed (1826-1900), Scottish painter ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 93 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London W. 29 March [no year].
£35.00

2pp., 16mo. Bifolium with black border. He writes that he had 'looked forward with great interest to seeing your academy pictures for this year', but that he is disappointed not to be able to do so, as a result of a heavy cold. 'I have no doubt they will more than sustain your reputation, and it will be a true pleasure to me to hail them on good places on the line in the R.A.' He ends by sending regards 'to Mrs. Faed & yourself'.

[ David Roberts, RA, Scottish painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('David Roberts'), inviting fellow Scottish artist Thomas Faed to a 'quite dinner' with Daniel Macnee.

Author: 
David Roberts (1796-1864), RA, Scottish painter [ Thomas Faed (1826-1900), Scottish artist; Sir Daniel Macnee (1806-1882), Scottish artist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Square. 18 May 1864.
£135.00

1p., 12mo. In very good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on leaf removed from album. Reads: 'My Dear Faed/ | Will you take a quiet dinner with me on Tuesday next the 24th. 1/4 before 7 - and meet our friend MacNee - to say nothing of obliging | Yours faithfully | David Roberts'.

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