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[ With presentation inscription from the subject of the book. ] Frank Lascelles "Our Modern Orpheus"

Author: 
Right Honourable the Earl of Darnley, ed. [ Frank Lascelles [ Frank William Thomas Charles Christian Culpeper Lascelles ] (1875-1934), pageant master and artist ]
Publication details: 
Printed by John Johnson at the Oxford University Press, 1932.
£45.00

X + 256pp., 4to. Frontispiece. In blue buckram binding, gilt. A good tight copy, in lightly aged binding. Presentation inscription on front free endpaper: 'To | Mr: Oliver Hooper, | in much appreciation and with every kind wish. | Frank Lascelles. | Sibford Gower Manor. 1926.' Tributes from a large number of individuals, ranging from the Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald to the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.

[ Cecil Lawson, landscape painter. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Cecil Lawson') to London art dealer C. W. Deschamps, regarding the Melbourne International Exhibition.

Author: 
Cecil Lawson [ Cecil Gordon Lawson ] (1849-1882), English landscape painter [ Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), London art dealer ]
Publication details: 
Bolton Bridge, Skipton, Yorkshire. 21 July 1880.
£45.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, on aged paper with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Will you kindly let me know the latest date for sending pictures to the Melbourne International Exhibition and Oblige | Yours very sincerely | Cecil Lawson.'

[ George Denholm Armour, English artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G Denholm Armour'), a letter of condolemce to the widow of composer Herman Finck.

Author: 
George Denholm Armour (1864-1949), English artist associated with Phil May and Joseph Crawhall, and horse breeder [ Herman Finck [ born Hermann Van Der Vinck ] (1872-1939), composer and conductor ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Old Court House, Tetminster, Dorset. 22 April 1939.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition. He is writing 'as an old brother savage' (i.e. a member like Finck of the Savage Club), and asks her to accept his 'most sincere sympathy in the loss' of her husband, and his regret that he cannot be present at his funeral. Headed by Mrs Finck 'Answered'. Finck's 'In the Shadows' was one of the last songs played as RMS Titanic went down.

[ Sir Laurence Whistler. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Card Signed to Rachel Campbell, with an ALS from his son Simon Whistler, two catalogues and two postcards, mostly concerning his brother Rex Whistler.

Author: 
Sir Laurence Whistler (1912-2000), glass engraver, author and architectural historian [ Rex Whistler (1905-1944), artist ]
Publication details: 
Whistler's four items between 1986 and 1996. From: Scriber's Cottage, High Street, Oxford; The Old Manor, Alton Barnes, Marlborough, Wiltshire. The first of the two catalogues circa 1985; the second, Sotheby's, 1992.
£200.00

Nine items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: LW to RC. ALS. 15 January 1986. On letterhead of The Old Manor. 2pp., 8vo. He has been 'touched and made so happy' by her 'rewarding letter about my brother and his work'. The first part of the letter concerns his brother Rex's reputation; the second the family's artistic antecedents. He explains that he 'did get the V. & A. to hold a one-man exhibition of his work in about 1954', and that he has been 'trying in the last ten years and more to arrange another – at the R.A. Or the Tate or Hayward – but without success.

[ Frederick Kill Harford, poet and hymnologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frederick K Harford') to the artist Eric Forbes-Robertson, regarding the 'Te Deum Committee'.

Author: 
Frederick K. Harford [ Frederick Kill Harford ] (1832-1906), cleric, poet and hymnologist [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist ]
Publication details: 
'On letterhead of Purcell House, Dean's Yard, Westminster. 28 August 1902.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. In envelope addressed by Forbes-Robertson at 79 Netherwood Road, Shepherd's Bush. He thanks him for letting him have his address, and requests a pass for his servant for the following evening's performance of the play 'Mice and Men'. He hopes the servant will return with 'the news I desire viz that you will consent to being pro tem - one of the Hon Secs of the Te Deum Committee.

[ John Samuel Agar, portrait painter and engraver. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. S. Agar') to Rudolph Ackermann, apologising for the poor quality of 'Fashions' [ie. fashion plates] executed on his behalf by 'Mr. Cheesman', and discussing Pistrucci's

Author: 
John Samuel Agar (1773-1858), painter and engraver [ Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), London book and print seller; John Vendramini (1769-1839), engraver; Benedetto Pistrucci (1793-1855), medallist ]
Publication details: 
Stafford Place [ 59 Stafford Place, Pimlico, London ]. 24 January 1822.
£220.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks (one of Pimlico), to 'R. Ackermann Esqre | 101. Strand -'. On aged and worn paper, with one short closed tear. A good letter, full of content revealing of Ackermann's business and the art trade in general. The first paragraph reads: 'I am extremely sorry the last Fashions have not met your approbation. The inflamed state of my eye rendered it impossible for me to engrave them myself, and I calculated on the known talent of Mr. Chsman [i.e. Thomas Cheesman (1760-1834)] to be my substitute.

[ Edward Lucie-Smith, poet and art critic. ] Two mimeographed typescripts: one with five poems (first, 'A Tropical Childhood'; last, 'To be justified'), the other a commentary on each poem, signed at head: 'one of 24 | No 2: Edward Lucie-Smith'.

Author: 
Edward Lucie-Smith (born 1933), wrtier, poet and art critic
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Mid-sixties? ]
£200.00

Each of the two typescripts is on two leaves of foolscap stapled together. The two in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: First page headed 'Poems by Edward Lucie-Smith'. 4pp., 8vo, paginated [1]-4. The five poems are: 'A Tropical Childhood' (p.1), first line: 'In the hot noons I heard the fusillade'. 'On looking at Stubbs's “Anatomy of the Horse”' (pp.1), first line: 'In Lincolnshire, a village full of tongues'. 'Rubens to Helene Fourment' (pp.2-3), subtitle: 'The picture is La Pelisse, now in Vienna', first line: 'Now sinking towards age, I paint your rising,'.

[ James Faed, Scottish artist. ] Autograph Note Signed to 'G. Ashley Dodd Esqre', thanking him for a 'great favour' and 'privilege'.

Author: 
James Faed (1821-1911), Scottish artist
Publication details: 
'<GlenCoe'?> 23 July 1870.
£25.00

1p., 16mo. On bifolium. On aged paper with small strip of damp at foot, affecting the signature. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I beg you will accept my sincere thanks for the great favour you have conferred upon me, this morning, a privilege I cannot here sufficiently acknowledge | I am your obedient | James Faed'.

[ The John Hassall Correspondence Art School. ] Sixteen Typed 'Lessons', being personalised anonymous assessments of the work of Miss E. Elderton of Teignmouth.

Author: 
The John Hassall Correspondence Art School, London [ John Hassall (1868-1948), artist and poster designer; E. Elderton of Teignmouth ]
Publication details: 
The John Hassall Correspondence Art School [ London ]. Lessons I to XVI, 17 November 1932 to 24 May 1934.
£450.00

The 16 'lessons (I-XVI)' total 31pp., 8vo., with Lesson XIV on 1pp., and the other 15 on 2pp. In fair condition, on aged paper with slight rusting and pin holes at the corner where the sixteen have been attached. All 16 are anonymous, but each carries a set of initials at the end: the last 12 ending with 'JH/W', and of the first four two with 'JH/D', and two with 'JH/MW'.. 'JH' presumably stands for 'John Hassall', with 'D', 'MW' and 'W' the name of the writer of the response.

[ Lecoq de Boisbaudran's ''méthod de dessin''. ] Manuscript letter, signed by Baron Subervie of the Légion d'honneur, [ to Lecoqde Boisbaudran ] commending the system, with a manuscript report on it, signed by the archaeologist Désiré-Raoul Rochette.

Author: 
Jacques Gervais, Baron Subervie (1776-1856); Raoul-Rochette [ Désiré-Raoul Rochette ] (1790-1854) [ Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1802-1897); Légion d'honneur; Académie des Beaux-arts ]
Publication details: 
Subervie's letter on letterhead of the Chancellerie de la Légion d'honneur [ Paris ], 20 August 1848. Désiré-Raoul Rochette's report of 17 January 1852 on letterhead of the Institut de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
£400.00

Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Small closed tear on fold of MS Report. Both in French. ONE: Subervie's letter. 1p., 8vo. Subervie considers the 'méthod de dessin', which he suggested should be put before the Légion d'honneur, to be 'infiniment superieure au precédés employé jusqu'a present pour l'enseignement du dessin'. A paragraph on 'les jeunes eleves' follows, and Subervie concludes by urging him to continue his trial, 'deja si heureux'. TWO: 'Rapport sur la méthode d'enseignement de M.

[ Printed item. ] Twelve Extra Illustrations to the Pickwick Papers by Charles E. Brock.

Author: 
Charles E. Brock [ Charles Edmund Brock (1870-1938) ] [ Charles Dickens; Pickwick Papers ]
Publication details: 
Published by Arthur W. Waters 64 Bath St. Leamington Spa & Holland Bros. 21 John Bright St. Birmingham. 1921.
£50.00

Twelve captioned black and white prints, each on a loose 22 x 28 cm. leaf of cream wove paper. All in good condition, lightly aged. In worn paper bifoliate wallet, the leaves of which have become detached from one another, with title printed on front, and two-pages of illustrative quotations from Dickens's book on verso of first leaf and recto of second. Twelve characteristic illustrations by Brock, in his attractive and characteristic style. No copy at the British Library. COPAC lists five copies.

[ Printed item; Jeypore School of Art ] Illustrated Catalogue. School of Art, Jeypore, Rajpootana. [ With twenty lithographic plates carrying 321 illustrations. ]

Author: 
[ Jeypore School of Art, Rajpootana, India; Frederick William Alexander De Fabeck (1830-1912), Principal ]
Publication details: 
[ Jeypore School of Art, Rajpootana, Indias. ] 1897.
£450.00

A quarto volume, with lithographic title, three pages of letterpress, and twenty numbered lithographic plates. Title and plates in black and white. In grey printed wraps, with the cover duplicating the title, and with terms of sale on the back cover. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold, and wraps worn and chipped with sunning and closed tears. The title is enclosed in an ornate decorative border representing Indian carving, and including four elephants with their mahouts.

[ William Bruce Ellis Ranken, Scottish artist and aesthete. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William B E: Ranken.'), submitting his name for election to a 'well-known & important Society'.

Author: 
William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941), Scottish artist and aesthete
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Kings Road, S.W. [ London ] 20 December [ 1927 ].
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed 'Ackd | 12/12/27 | J F', and with Ranken's name written out in a neat contemporary hand at the foot of the second page. After apologising for the delayed response he writes that he is 'much flattered' by the recipient's suggestion that he join his 'well-known & important Society', and will have much pleasure in submitting his name for election.

[ Katharine Ada Esdaile, art historian. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Katharine A. Esdaile') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, requesting access to James Barry's paintings in the Adelphi and explaining the nature of the work.

Author: 
Katharine Ada Esdaile [ née McDowall ] (1881-1950), art historian, wife of Arundell Esdaile (1880-1956), Secretary of the British Museum [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts; James Barry ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Keynes, Austenway, Gerrard's Cross. 22 January 1913.
£180.00

5pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. With the Society's oval Adelphi date stamp. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust-staining from paperclip. She begins by asking if 'there would be any difficulty in my examining Barry's paintings at the Adelphi, & taking a few notes on them. | My old friend & my husband's colleague at the British Museum, Mr.

[ Lowes Cato DIckinson, portrait painter. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Lowes Dickinson') to Sir Richard Harington

Author: 
Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908), portrait painter and Christian socialist, associate of Ruskin and Rossetti, founder of the Working Men's College, London [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) ]
Publication details: 
Hanwell. 16 April 1877.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Monogram letterhead. Docketed by Harington. Much of the letter relates to the delicate health of his wife 'Ellen' (Margaret Ellen Dickinson, nee Williams, 1825-1882), but the reason for writing is a painting Harington has asked him to make of his 'boy'. He has received Harington's 'letters & enclosure' and 'will gladly do anything' he can for him. (1825-1882), but asks him to 'write to the photographers Messrs.

[ Wilfrid Henry Wells, sinologist. ] Typescript of his paper 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings. With Autograph draft of his paper 'A Blue-print of Chinese Landscape Painting | For the Use of Beginners' and portrait photograph.

Author: 
W. H. Wells [ Wilfrid Henry Wells ] (b.1878), Reader at the University of Munich, sinologist
Publication details: 
The Typescript with authorial inscription: 'W. H. Wells | Reichersbeuern | Germany 13b'.
£950.00

There is no indication that either of the two papers was ever published. Wells's 1935 book, 'Perspective in early Chinese Painting' is considered the first Western treatment of the subject. The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Typescript of 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings'. 6pp., with three plates (i.e. black and white photographs laid down on three leaves with typed credits). Bound up in a folder of orange card, with title and Wells's details on cover in his hand.

[ Vera Stacey Wainwright, West Country painter and poet. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Vera (Wainwright)') to Ida Forbes-Robertson ('Dear Idzie'), with reference to Gaugin's drawing of her father Eric Forbes-Robertson.

Author: 
Vera Wainwright [ Vera Stacey Wainwright ] (1893-1967), West Country painter and poet, friend of Austin Osman Spare [ Ida Forbes-Robertson, daughter Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist ]
Publication details: 
Crows Nest, Darite, Liskeard, Cornwall. 18 September 1947.
£56.00

2pp., landscape 8vo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'Miss I. Forbes-Robertson | 30a. Collingham Place | Earls Court | S.W.5.' In good condition, lightly aged. The first part of the letter concerns a lost or stolen letter and cheque. 'Of course I shall pay you - but it is s. sweet of you to suggest the present'. She repeats information she gave in the letter about which artists' materials she would like: 'Paper for water-colour is becoming scarce too but I have some at the moment'.

[ Janina Forbes-Robertson [ Janina Flamm ], artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Jania') to her husband Eric Forbes-Robertson, complaining of poor treatment by his brother the actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and the rest of his family.

Author: 
Janina ('Jania') Forbes-Robertson [ née Janina Flamm ] (d.1922), Polish artist, wife of the English artist Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), sister-in-law of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
Publication details: 
One from 13 Batoum Gardens, Shepherds Bush [ London ], 'Sunday'. One in French from 79 Netherwood Road, Shepherds Bush, 'Lundi'. Another simply dated '1 November.'
£250.00

Janine Flamm attended the Académie Julian in Paris with Eric Forbes-Robertson, an associate at Pont-Aven of Gaugin and Robert Bevan, who married her college friend the Polish artist Stanislawa de Karlowska (1876-1952). The couple married on Jersey in 1897, and their son Philippe was born soon after, followed by sisters Ida and Cecilia. None of these three letters is dated, but they must all have been written in the early years of the twentieth century, with Janina miserably placed with her young children in London while her husband pursued his artistic ambitions in the country.

[ Eric Forbes-Robertson, artist. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Eric') to his daughter Ida ('Idzie'), written while serving with the Royal Artillery during the First World War.

Author: 
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and brother of the Shakespearian actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ his daughter Ida ('Idzie') Forbes-Robertson ] [ Royal Artillery ]
Publication details: 
The first two on Royal Artillery letterheads of the 'R. A. MESS, | SHOEBURYNESS.' 19 October and 19 November 1916. The third on letterhead of the Prince of Wales' Hospital for Convalescent Officers, Marylebone [ London ]. 7 March 1917.
£220.00

The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 19 October 1916. 2pp., 8vo. In envelope with postmark and stamp, addressed by him to his daughter at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. Referring to his wife the Polish artist Janina Flamm, he regrets that he cannot 'come home for dear Janias birthday' as he cannot get leave. He is enclosing 2s 6d each for her and her brother 'Phip' [Philippe Forbes-Robertson] and sister 'Cecilia' to get presents for their mother. He sends best wishes to his brothers Leonard and Johnston.

[ Esperanto magazine. ] Number of 'La Vagabondo', the organ of Caroline Oxenford's 'Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', with full-page illustration by Eric Forbes-Robertson.

Author: 
Caroline Oxenford (1865-1919) of Hove, Sussex, editor of the Esperanto magazine 'La Vagabondo', organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ]
Publication details: 
La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo, 1 Wilbury Avenue, Hove, Sussex. 'Nro. 11' ('Septembro-Oktobro, 1912') from '2-a Serio'. [ 'W. G. Mead & Co., Printers, East Putney, S.W.' ]
£50.00

'La Vagabondo' (The Tramp) was the organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', founded and edited by the artist Caroline Oxenford. Having previously been named 'La Vagabonda Monatajo' (January to March 1908) and 'La Vagabondisto' (April to July 1908), it became 'La Vagabondo' from September 1908. The First World War put an end to both club and magazine. 12pp., 4to., in cream printed wraps carrying advertisements. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Illustration on front cover showing the night-time silhouette of a house against trees.

[ Esperanto magazine. ] Four numbers of 'La Vagabondo', the organ of Caroline Oxenford's 'Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo'.

Author: 
Caroline Oxenford (1865-1919) of Hove, Sussex, editor of the Esperanto magazine 'La Vagabondo', organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo' [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor ]
Publication details: 
La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo, 1 Wilbury Avenue, Hove, Sussex. Three from '2-a Serio': 'Nro. 8' ('Marto, 1912'), 'Nro. 10 ('Julio-Augusto, 1912') and 'Nro. 11' ('Septembro-Oktobro, 1912'). One from 'Serio 4': 'Nro. 1' ('Jan.-Februaro 1914').
£200.00

'La Vagabondo' (The Tramp) was the organ of 'La Esperantista Vagabonda Klubo', founded and edited by the artist Caroline Oxenford. Having previously been named 'La Vagabonda Monatajo' (January to March 1908) and 'La Vagabondisto' (April to July 1908), it became 'La Vagabondo' from September 1908. The First World War put an end to both club and magazine. The four issues are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Uniform in design, and each 12pp., 4to. (although the last number is slightly taller), in printed wraps carrying advertisements. The three numbers from '2-a Serio' (all by 'W. G.

[ Lillah McCarthy and Harley Granville-Barker, Shakespeare production at Savoy Theatre, London. ] Typed Letter Signed ('A. S. Pigott') to 'Mr. Kelt' [ i.e. 'John Kelt', stage-name of Eric Forbes-Robertson ] regarding his availability for matinees.

Author: 
A. S. Pigott, general manager [ Lillah McCarthy (1875-1960) and Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), actors and producers; William Shakespeare; The Savoy Theatre, Strand ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Shakespeare | THE WINTER'S TALE', production by Lillah McCarthy and Granville Barker at the Savoy Theatre, Strand [ London]. 25 October 1912.
£45.00

1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Enquiring whether 'Mr. Kelt' will be free to play, 'at the same salary you are now receiving pro rata', in 'three special Matinees of "The Winter's Tale" on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday during the week commencing November 4th.', and also possibly a further two matinees a week during 'the run of "Twelfth Night"', the first week's matinees being on the Wednesday and Thursday. Beneath Pigott's signature Forbes-Robertson has written: 'got 10s per performance'. From the Forbes-Robertson papers.

[ Alfred Wareing, theatre producer. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Alfred W.') to 'Dear Eric' [artist and actor Eric Forbes-Robertson], regarding 'Ian [ his brother Ian Forbes Robertson ]' and the sending of his work to Edgar Wilson.

Author: 
Alfred Wareing (1876-1942), theatrical producer [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 20 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. 2 December 1901.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. After thanking him for his note he reports that he has written, 'bearing in mind your injunction, to Ian', i.e. the actor Ian Forbes Robertson (1859-1936). He will be going 'down to S. N. or Notting Hill to see him', and asks Forbes-Robertson to send in the coming week 'some specimens of your black & white work to Edgar Wilson, 1, Middleton Rd. Battersea Rise S.W.' Wilson is 'the art editor of a magazine', and Wareing has written to him suggesting that he take some of Forbes-Robertson's work.

[ Printed item. ] Burlington Fine Arts Club. Catalogue of a Collection of Counterfeits, Imitations and Copies of Works of Art.

Author: 
'R. C. W.' [ Sir Robert C. Witt, editor; Burlington Fine Arts Club ]
Publication details: 
London: Privately Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1924. [ Printed in England at the Oxford University Press by Frederick Hall ]
£50.00

112pp., 4to. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped printed grey wraps, with slight tape staining at foot of spine. An elegant production, on good paper, with catalogue of 329 items in the fields of pictures, drawings, furniture, carpets, metalwork, ceramics and sculpture, preceded by list of contributors, bibliography. and seventeen-page introduction by a variety of specialists.

[ Sale catalogue by Maggs Brothers of London. ] Original Drawings by Kate Greenaway and Hugh Thomson | Chiefly in watercolour.

Author: 
[ Maggs Brothers, London booksellers; Kate Greenaway; Hugh Thomson ]
Publication details: 
Maggs Bros. Ltd. London. [ Printed in Great Britian by The Courier Press, Leamington Spa and London. ] No date. [ 1930s?]
£50.00

13 + [1]pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. Staining to inner margin of front cover, otherwise in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Thirteen items, eleven by Greenaway (with three illustrations) and two by Thomson (both illustrated). The most expensive item, at £100, is the first, Greenaway's 'Apples' (illustrated): 'A large water-colour drawing of a little girl standing in front of a whitewashed wall holding a few apples in the lid of a hamper.

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.

[ William Roscoe of Liverpool. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Roscoe') to a picture and print seller, regarding payment for prints and an exchange of two paintings for a small Cranach.

Author: 
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
Publication details: 
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
£50.00

2pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper. An interesting letter, casting light on Roscoe's collecting activities. He begins by settling the account for 'the lists of the last Prints', before remarking: 'I observe there are only 3 circles by Domenichino - the set consists of 4, all of which you have, besides the odd print by Bartolozzi, but you have probably packed them up & cannot get at the print wanting. I have sent you the 3 prints back & deducted 16/6d.

[ August Kestner, German diplomat and art collector. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Kestner'), in English, explaining his reasons for not taking up an invitation.

Author: 
August Kestner [ Georg Christian August Kestner ] (1777-1853), German diplomat and art collector, Hanoverian ambassador in Rome [ Kestner-Museum, Hanover ]
Publication details: 
'Sunday | 8. March.' [ no year ]
£45.00

2pp., 16mo. On a bifolium, the blank second leaf of which is attached to a strip of paper from the mount. Reads: 'Dear Sir | It was to my great regrets [sic] that last night I was unexpectedly prevented from availing myself of your kind invitation, having looked forward with pleasure to do it. It was allready [sic] a quarter to ten o'clock when I had closed a dispatch which went off the same night, and I was afraid it was then too late. Notwithstanding I am equaly [sic] gretefull [sic] to Your Kindness and am very truly Yours | Kestner.'

[ George Kruger Gray, artist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to give a lecture on heraldry.

Author: 
George Kruger Gray (1880-1943), English artist, designer of coinage and stained glass windows [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
40 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8. 2 December 1921.
£38.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of sunning at foot. Docketed with stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Having 'had time to consider the question of a lecture on Heraldry' he has decided to decline Menzies's invitation, as he 'simply cannot spare the time such a lecture would require for its preparation'.

[No. 41 of 65 copies, with original etching and lithograph, both signed by Brangwyn.] Prints & Drawings by Frank Brangwyn with some other Phases of his Art: By Walter Shaw Sparrow.

Author: 
Walter Shaw Sparrow [Frank Brangwyn]
Publication details: 
London: John Lane, The Bodley Head. New York: John Lane Company. 1919.
£600.00

[10] + 288pp., 4to. In original quarter-binding, with blue paper boards and cream buckram spine with gilt lettering. A handsome book, profusely illustrated, with 49 plates (some with guards) and the two signed 'Extra Plates', and numerous illustrations in text. Announcement on reverse of first page: 'THIS edition, with an original etching and an original lithograph by Frank Brangwyn, is limited to 65 copies, of which this is No. 41'. The etching, facing p.1, is titled 'A Back Street, Tours', and the lithograph, facing page 180, is titled 'Newcastle'. Both are signed by Brangwyn in pencil.

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