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[Edwin Montagu, Secretary of State for India, to Sir Arthur Cope.] Typed Letter Signed ('Ed Montagu'), explaining what is required should Cope illustrate 'His Majesty's head' on the 'new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India'.

Author: 
Edwin Samuel Montagu (1879-1924), Liberal politician, Secretary of State for India, 1917-1922 [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Bank of England; Royal Academy, London]
Publication details: 
On India Office Letterhead, London S.W.1., 26 October 1920.
£280.00

2pp, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded three times. Thirty-six lines of text. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur Cope, | The Bank of England are preparing new issues of Currency Notes for the Government of India, and we have asked them to arrange if possible that the representation of His Majesty's head which is to appear on these notes should be designed by an artist of the highest eminence.

[Sir John Lavery, Irish artist, to Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, portraitist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lavery'), regarding the Artists' General Benevolent Institution and a man who has 'pestered' him 'by his visits and letters'.

Author: 
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), RA, Irish painter [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter; Artists' General Benevolent Institution, London]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Place, S.W.7 [London]. 30 January 1918.
£300.00

2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Cope'. After thanking him for his letter Lavery writes: 'Our “friend” [Braynard?] when he called to ask for my signature told me many things, amongst others that the A. G. B. I. had already given him a grant some time back and that [Charleton?], Brangwyn and I were his sponsors | I had a hazy recollection of him and made up my mind that I would sign his paper and let the Secretary of the A. G. B. I. know the circumstance, which I did do that same day.

[John Singer Sargent, American artist.] Autograph Note Signed ('John S. Sargent') to 'Cope', presumably Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope, who is the recipient of other letters in the source collection, accepting his 'last invitation'.

Author: 
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), American artist who settled in Britain, the leading portraitist of the Edwardian period
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 31 Tite Street, Chelsea, S.W. [London] 'Friday' [no date].
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with one fold. Written in a hurried painterly hand. Reads 'My dear Cope | Many thanks for your last invitation which I accept with pleasure – for Jan 21st at 8.15 | With best regards | Yours sincerely | John S. Sargent'.

[Sir William Orpen asks Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope to help make a doll's house for the Daily Mirror characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Orpen') to 'Sir Arthur', explaining the project on behalf of the Daily Mirror.

Author: 
Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portraitist; Daily Mirror; Pip, Squeak and Wilfred]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 8 South Bolton Gardens, S.W. [London] 1 March 1929.
£200.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. The subject is the dolls house 'Mirror Grange', made for the Daily Mirror's comic characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur – I have been asked by “The Daily Mirror” to write to you to find out if you would help them with their Dolls House which is to tour the country to collect money for charity. | The House is designed by Maxwell Ayrton | Decorations by Sherringham [sic, for George Sheringham]'.

[Charles Napier Hemy, RA, marine artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Napier Hemy') to 'Cope' [i.e. Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope], featuring two humorous self-portraits, complaining about 'family uproar' over his new beard and doctor's orders.

Author: 
Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917), RA, marine artist, leader of the Falmouth School [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portrait painter]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Churchfield, Falmouth. 8 December 1912.
£350.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. A gentle, humorous and characteristic letter to a friend, featuring two self-portraits. (Hemy and Cope had been elected to the Royal Academy on the same day, 4 May 1910.) The letter begins with some doggerel by Hemy, dressed up by him as a quotation from a '16 Cent[ur]y song': 'My youthful years are past | My dining days are done | My life it may not last | For me there's no more fun.

[ Sir John Cope of Hanwell. ] Part of Exchequer receipt for £600,000, signed by 'J Cope'.

Author: 
Sir John Cope of Hanwell, 5th Baronet (1634-1721), MP for Banbury
Publication details: 
Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 11 March 1717.
£120.00

Part of printed Exchequer receipt, on one side of a trimmed-down 10 x 17.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged, with wear to one corner. Made out to Cope, 'in Repayment of Loan on the late Vote of Credit passed the 5th Day of March, 1716, for 600000 l. to be repaid out of the first Aid to be granted this Session of Parliament', for 'Services of the Publick by Sea and Land'. Signed on reverse: '11th March 1717 | Reced in full | J Cope', with 'Witness | J Miller'.

[ Sir John Cope of Hanwell, 5th Baronet, and his son of the same name, 6th Baronet. ] Autograph Signatures ('Jo: Cope' and 'JCope') of the 5th and 6th Baronets, on a Treasury receipt.

Author: 
Sir John Cope of Hanwell, 5th Baronet (1634-1721) and his son of the same namel, 6th Baronet (1673-1749)
Publication details: 
[ The Treasury, London. ] 13 February 1715 and 14 May and 3 July 1717.
£80.00

On 14.5 x 16.5 piece of paper. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Laid out on the recto in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript, and being an order for payment on 13 February 1715 to 'Sr. John Cope Bart.' (i.e. the 5th Baronet), 'in Repayment of Loan on the Sixteenth 4 s. Aid, Anno 1716.' On the reverse is a cropped manuscript text, signed by the 5th Baronet 'Jo: Cope', assigning 'all my Right. Title & Interest. in this Order. Unto Sr John Cope Junr. Kt and to his Assignes', dated 14 May 1717.

[ Leslie Cope Cornford, architect and journalist. ] Original monograms, designs and sketches, including several items for WImbledon House School, Brighton (the future Roedean), founded by the sisters of his future wife Christabel Lawrence.

Author: 
Leslie Cope Cornford (1867-1927), architect and journalist; his wife Christabel Lawrence (1869-1952), sister of three Lawrence sisters, founders of Roedean School, Sussex [ Wimbledon House S
Publication details: 
Two items from his addresses: 47 Norfolk Road and 46 Sutherland Road, Brighton, East Sussex. [ Wimbledon House, 36 Sussex Square, Hove, Sussex. ] Between 1889 and 1908.
£850.00

65 items of varying size, on pieces of card and paper. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. As his obituary in The Times (5 August 1927) describes, before embarking on his journalistic career, Cornford trained as an architect. He was articled for three years from 1884 to Sir John William Simpson (1858-1933), and then studied at the Royal Academy in 1888. He then served briefly as assistant, first to Thomas Verity (1837-1891), and then to F. S. Waller and F. W. Waller, before qualifying as an architect in 1889, and ARIBA the following year.

[Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Broser'

Author: 
Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool [Lord Liverpool] (1784-1851), Tory politician
Publication details: 
Fife House [London]. 13 October 1847.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and worn paper. The note reads: 'Ld Liverpool encloses a draft value 57 .. 12. 2 to Mr Broster he begs Mr Browster will acknowledge the receipt of this by a letter addressed as above'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('H. C. Colles') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Henry Cope Colles (1879-1943), music historian and critic of The Times of London [the British Red Cross; Royal Horse Artillery]
Publication details: 
11 November 1916; on letterhead of the R.A. Cadet School, Ordnance Road, St John's Wood, London N.W.
£38.00

12mo: 4 pp. On grey paper. Very good, with a small strip of discolouration over the Royal Artillery crest. Bearing the Society's stamp. He is glad that his 'article on the Red Cross' interested Wood: 'in other circumstances it would have given me much pleasure to follow up the article with an address to your Society on the subject', but 'the work of the Cadet school, which I entered a couple of months ago, takes up my entire time'.

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