[Sir Edward Elgar, celebrated composer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ed: Elgar'), exhorting G. Robertson Sinclair to 'Bring DAN!' to a rehearsal to hear 'his tune', with note in another hand explaining how Sinclair's bulldog Dan inspired Elgar.

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), celebrated composer [George Robertson Sinclair (1863-1917), Hereford Cathedral organist]
Publication details: 
No date. With Malvern and Hereford postmarks, both dated 24 September 1898. Anonymous explanatory note dated 26 August 1907.

In the present letter Elgar would appear to be referring to the rehearsals for his cantata 'Caractacus', the first performance of which Elgar conducted at the Leeds Festival on 5 October 1898. As the explanatory note that accompanies the letter explains, Elgar took inspiration from Sinclair's bulldog Dan, described by him as 'a well-known character'. For example the eleventh of the Enigma Variations was, Elgar explained, suggested by Dan 'falling down the steep bank into the River Wye; his paddling upstream to find a landing-place and his rejoicing bark on landing'. 1p, 12mo.

[ Maud Earl, painter of dogs. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Maud Earl.') to 'Sir William' [i.e. the physician Sir William Henry Allchin ], confirming an engagement on the following day.

Maud Earl [ Maud Alice Earl ] (1864-1943), British-American artist noted for her paintings of dogs [ Sir William Henry Allchin (1846-1912), physician ]
Publication details: 
On lettehead of Bloomfield Studios, 13 Bloomfield Place, S.W. [ London ] 27 July [ no year ].

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir William | Many thanks for your letter | We will be with you tomorrow Tuesday by 11. o'c'.

[ Thomas Fisher, artist and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Fisher') to <J. T. Home?>, regarding 'plates of [Chinese?] symbols'

Thomas Fisher (1772-1836), artist and antiquary
Publication details: 
19 September 1825. Place not stated [ London? ].

1p., 4to. In fair condition, somewhat aged and worn. The letter reads: 'My dear friend | On examining your plates of symbols I find no perceptible [corrected from 'practicable'] difference between Nos 154 & 155; although the former is described as a dog and the latter as a hairy shaggy dog. Is the fact so? Excuse the freedom of yours | very sincerely | Thos. Fisher'. Fisher's letter may be connected with Robert Morrison's 'Dictionary of the Chinese Language' (1815-1823), which has a symbol for 'A hairy, shaggy dog.'

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed correspondent, an autograph-hunter.

Walter Lewis Emanuel [PUNCH]
Publication details: 
17 April 1910; on letterhead '17, Holland Park Avenue, W.'

English humorist (1869-1915), a long-time contributor to 'Punch' magazine. One page, 12mo. Good on somewhat discoloured paper. Reads 'Dear Miss Manook. | No, of course I was not annoyed. I am sorry I have not a copy of any book of mine by me, and I have not time today to write one for you.' Signed 'Walter Emanuel'.

Syndicate content