ELWES

[Gervase Elwes, English tenor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gervase Elwes.') declining to give singing lessons to 'Mrs. Hill', and recommending his 'singing master, Mr. Victor Beigel'.

Author: 
Gervase Elwes [Gervase Henry Cary-Elwes] (1866-1921), English tenor [Victor Beigel (1870-1930), pianist and music teacher]
Publication details: 
Billing Hall, Northampton, on cancelled letterhead of The Triangle, Northwood, Middlesex. 8 February 1919.
£45.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. It is good of the unnamed-recipient to ask Elwes 'to hear Mrs. Hill sing and to wish me to give her some lessons […] I do not, however, give lessons as I have not sufficient time to devote to teaching. There is considerable difficulty about hearing singers as I do not live now in London and only go there when I have to sing and always leave again as soon as I can!' He hopes he will not 'think it an impertinence on my part' to suggest that he lets 'Mrs. Hill sing to my singing master, Mr.

[ Sir Jeffrey Elwes of Hoddesdon, Treasurer to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty. ] Autograph Signature ('Jeffrey Elwes') on manuscript Treasury receipt.

Author: 
Sir Jeffrey Elwes [ Sir Jeffry Elwes; Sir Jeffery Elwes ] (c.1695-1776) of Hoddesdon, Treasurer to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, 1724-1776 [ Robert Waters; William Nicholls ]
Publication details: 
[ The Treasury, London. ] 20 December 1775.
£100.00

On 36.5 x 19 cm. piece of paper. Elwes' signature is on the reverse, with the following in another hand: '20th Decemr. 1775. | Recd in full'. Beside Elwes' signature are those of the witnesses: 'Robt. Waters' and 'Wm. Nicholls'. Text on recto, with 'Sir Jeffry Elwes Kt.' in right-hand margin, beginning: 'Order is taken this 12 day of Decr. 1775 By Virtue of his Majesty's Genl. Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 5th.

[Shelagh Maitland, artist's model.] Autograph Letter Signed, offering her services to the Duchess of Kent, stating she has worked for Lord Plunkett, Cathleen Mann, Simon Elwes, Sir John Lavery, T. C. Dugdale, David Jagger. With risqué autograph poem.

Author: 
Shelagh Maitland, artist's model [Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent [Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark] (1906-1968); Cathleen Mann; Simon Elwes; Sir John Lavery; T. C. Dugdale; David Jagger]
Publication details: 
40 Queensborough Terrace, W8 [London]. 19 July 1938.
£80.00

Both items are in an envelope addressed to the Duchess at 3 Belgrave Square. The envelope and its contents are on aged and creased paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Knowing that the Duchess is 'a well-known artist', she is offering her 'services as a model'. 'I was permanent model to the late Lord Plunket [sic] and have been painted by Cathleen Mann, Simon Elwes, Sir John Lavery, T. C. Dugdale, David Jagger and several other well-known painters.' She describes her appearance and asks to be granted an interview. POEM: 2pp., 12mo. In pencil. Unsigned, but clearly by Maitland.

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