COURTHAULD

[Sir Robert Witt, art historian and co-founder of the Courtauld Institute.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert C. Witt') regarding the approach to be taken 'for the purchase of the Velasquez', i.e. the Rokeby Venus, now in the National Gallery.

Author: 
Sir Robert Witt [Sir Robert Clermont Witt] (1872-1952), art historian, co-founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London [Diego Velasquez; Rokeby Venus; National Gallery]
Publication details: 
19 November 1905. 27 Connaught Square, Hyde Park, [London] W. On letterhead of the Union Society, Oxford.
£250.00

For information on the campaign to save the Rokeby Venus for the nation, see Charles Saumarez Smith, 'The Battle for Venus', Spectator, 10 November 2003. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With one fold.

[Printed prospectus, signed by author.] Lecture on the British Arctic Air-Route Expedition by Martin Lindsay. A Member of the Expedition and the Author of Those Greenland Days. [With photographs of author and of four arctic scenes.]

Author: 
Sir Martin Lindsay [Sir Martin Alexander Lindsay] (1905-1981), explorer and Conservative politician [British Arctic Air Route Expedition, Greenland, 1930-1931; Augustine Courtauld (1904-1959)]
Publication details: 
'Printed by DRESSERS, Darlington.' Undated [1932].
£450.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In black and white on shiny art paper. Lightly worn and aged, with 5 cm closed tears along central vertical fold lines of both leaves. The text, on the first page, begins: 'The Expedition consisted of fourteen men of an average age of 24, who left England in the summer of 1930 to study the flying conditions of Greenland for a short air-route across the Arctic regions to Canada.' It describes how 'Mr.

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