Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone [ Lord Overstone ] (1796-1883) of Overstone Park, Northampton, British banker and politician [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895); National Portrait Gallery, London ]
On letterhead of Overstone Park, Northampton. 20 November 1856.
1p., 12mo. In good condition. At the time of writing Scharf was on the verge of appointment as first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Regarding a note he has received from Scharf he writes that the following Monday he goes 'thro' London direct to Brighton. This movement I fear does not hold out much facility for our meeting - but if your business carries you to Brighton you will find me at the Bedford Hotel.'
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
Bowood [ Bowood House, Derry Hill, Wiltshire ]. 23 December [ 1859 ].
3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. Year not given, but with '1859' in a contemporary hand at top-right of first page. The recipient is not named, but the letter is from the papers of Sir George Scharf. It begins: 'I remember your saying in the course of last winter you would be glad an [sic] opportunity of coming to see me, & what little I have to shew you. | I conclude the Portrait Gallery as well as <?> Institutions admits of some holidays at this season'. Consequently he suggests a time when the recipient might 'spend a few days' at Bowood, if his 'engagements admit'.
Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers (1819-1882), English peer and politician [ Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ] (1805-1875); the National Portrait Gallery, London ]
33 Princes Gate, Kensington. [ London ] No date. [ 1859 watermark. ]
1p., 12mo. With mourning border. Reads: 'Dear Lord Stanhope | I am most unfortunately compelled to go into the country this evening, or I should not have failed to have attended the meeting of the trustees of the Nat. Portrait Gallery. | Very truly yours | Somers.' It was Stanhope who had been mainly responsible for the foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
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.
C.L. Eastlake [ Charles Lock Eastlake ](1793–1865), painter, gallery director, collector and writer
7 Fitzroy Square, [London], 22 March 1862
Two pages, 12mo, bifolium, good condition. He acknowledges his letter about "Mr Andrew Baillie's collection at Antwerp. I know the pictures but had not heard of the day of sale. I cannot possibly leave England at the time. This is not however of much consequence for, without at all meaning to disparage the collection, there are but few things in it which I should consider eligible. [...]" He presumably doesn't think much of interest to the National Gallery. I have found no information about this Sale.
[ The Gallery First Nighters' Club, London ] [ F. H. Long, Auditor; Ken Sephton (Sefton) ]
[ The Gallery First Nighters' Club, London. ] 'Profit and Loss Account for year ending September 30th. 1910.'
1p., landscape 12mo. Spirit duplicated with purple ink. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and folded three times. The page is headed 'The Gallery First Nighters' Club', and is divided into two section: 'Profit and Loss Account for year ending September 30th. 1910.' and 'Balance Sheet'. At foot of page: 'G. F. Rigden, Hon. Secretary. | John Page, Hon. Treasurer. | I have examined the Club Books and Vouchers and found them correct. | F. H. Long, Auditor.' From the papers of Ken Sephton (Sefton).
Jack Bilbo (1907-1967), German artist and author, who fled the Nazis to set up the Modern Art Gallery in London
On letterhead: 'on board M.Y. BAMBULA' 28 August 1948.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letterhead features a pirate flag, prinnted in red, blue and black, with a shark and skull and crossbones. He thanks him for a catalogue, adding that he will be 'dropping in' to see him 'before I leave on my round-the-world trip in a few weeks' time'.
Robert Sargent Austin [Campbell Dodgson; Rainforth Armitage Walker]
London: Published by the Twenty One Gallery, Durham House Street, Adelphi, W.C.2, 1926.
Austin (1895-1973) was a British etcher, engraver and watercolourist. R.A. Walker (born 1886), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown, was a connoisseur and Aubrey Beardsley scholar. Quarto, twenty-six leaves. Internally tight, clean and sound, in worn and stained half-leather binding, with 'ROBERT AUSTIN' in gilt on spine. The item contains a total of forty-seven reproductions of Austin's works, many gleaned from magazines, etc, and tipped in throughout.
Sir Lionel Henry Cust (1859-1929), British art historian, director of the National Portrait Gallery and editor of the Burlington Magazine
On letterhead of Oliphant House, The Crescent, Windsor. 26 July 1907.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition. He has been 'clinging' to Lucas's umbrella since the return from a trip to Ostend, where Cust had 'an awful quart d'heure with the luggage people, who were very unwilling to send it on, [...] but by bribery and threats of weeping and pcitures of you all shivering on deck, I <?> them to entrust the 16 or 17 packages to the guard of the train next due'. The letter continues in much the same chatty tone.
Henry Turner, American artist, from Virginia [ Matthew Somerville Morgan (1839-1890) and Frederick Buckstone, manager and secretary, Berners Street Gallery, London; George Du Maurier ]
Berger Strasse No. 1, Düsseldorf, Prussia. 5 December 1862.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly-aged. 'I shipped on yesterday to you through Mr J. D. Brink Jr Forwarding Merchant of this city a box containing 4 Oil Pictures which I wish you to expose for sale at your Exhibition Rooms. | The titles and prices of the same will be given you by my friend Mr G. du Mourier. Please let me know when they come to hand.' The Berner's Street Gallery's association with American artists would continue: in the following decade it would gain notoriety for exhibiting Whistler's 'Symphony in White, No. 1'.
Melton Prior (1845-1910), Special Artist of the Illustrated London News [the St. James's Gallery, London, of I. P. Mendoza; Burma, Burmese; the Nile Expedition, Egypt ]
St. James's Gallery, 4A King Street, St James's. 20 June 1891.
Printed on one side of a piece of 12.5 x 20 cm green card. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical crease line unobtrusively strengthened with archival tape. To the left of the page is an illustration of a British soldier officer a Burmese temple. The text is written out in a range of lettering characteristic of the period, and reads: 'Exhibition of Original Burmese War & Nile Expedition Sketches by Melton Prior Special Artist of the Illustrated London News. Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught.
J. B. Manson [ James Bolivar Manson ] (1879-1945), 'London Group' artist and Director of the Tate Gallery, Millbank, London, 1930-1938
On letterhead of the National Gallery [i.e. Tate Gallery], Millbank, SW1 [London]. 3 July 1929.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He considers that 'the scraps of Irish Architects' might be 'very useful for reference', and suggests offering them to the Royal Institute of British Architects or Association of Architects. In the latter part of the letter he makes suggestions regarding a meeting the following week.
Philip Henry Stanhope (1805-1875), 5th Earl Stanhope [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), art critic, illustrator and Director of the National Portrait Gallery; Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lord Macaulay ]
From: Windsor Castle; Chevening; Grosvenor Place [London]; the British Museum; 'The Lord Warden', Dover. 1859 and 1860.
The five letters total 10pp., 12mo. On five bifoliums. In good condition, lightly aged. An interesting correspondence, from one of the trustees of the new National Portrait Gallery to its (as yet unknighted) secretary. ONE: 'Brit. Mus. | Saturday afternoon' . 1p., 12mo. Begins: 'Lord Macaulay [another trustee] tells me that he intends to visit the Portrait Gallery with some friends at 3 on Monday.' TWO: Chevening. 2 November 1859. 2pp., 12mo. After thanking him for 'the drawings for Lady Stanhope' he exclaims: 'Another terrible storm yesterday!
Emily Harriet Stanhope [née Kerrison] (1815-1873), Countess Stanhope, wife of Philip Henry Stanhope (1805-75), 5th Earl Stanhope [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Director, National Portrait Gallery ]
Two from Chevening. One dated 5 October , another dated 24 December 1861, and the other two undated.
Totalling 14pp., 12mo. On four bifoliums. In good condition, lightly-aged. The correspondence indicates the closeness between Scharf and the family of the man responsible for his appointment as Secretary to the National Portrait Gallery. Topics include: the obtaining by her son [Edward Stanhope (1840-1893)] of 'a first Class in Mathematics the first in that branch at Ch[rist]. Ch[urch, Oxford].
Charlotte Speir ['Mrs. Manning', née Charlotte Solly] (1803-1871), author, wife from 1857 of James Manning (1781-1866) and step-mother of Adelaide Manning (1828-1905) [ Sir George Scharf (1820-1895) ]
No place [London?]. 14 July .
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly-aged. Scharf had illustrated her 'Life in Ancient India' (1856), and she writes informally, expressing regret at the news of his move 'from the Classic No. 1., a house consecrated to the Arts by your occupation of it & ever to be remembered with respect, regard, pleasure & all good feelings'.
[Christopher Wood (1901-1930), English painter; The Redfern Gallery, London]
The Redfern Gallery, London. 1959. [Fisher, Knight & Co. Ltd., St Albans, Hertfordshire]
8pp., 4to. Stapled. In fair conditon, on aged and lightly creased paper, with slight damage to upper staple. Unillustrated: listing 100 works, with date and dimensions. Uncommon: no copy in the British Library, and six copies on COPAC and OCLC WorldCat.
'Excelsior' [Sir John Soane (1753-1837), English architect, Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy] [Albert Edward Bullock, ARIBA?; Royal Institute of British Architects, London]
Place not stated. 25 May 1905.
48pp., folio. Each page on the recto of a leaf, and all 48 leaves held together by a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Authorship or ownership inscription on title page: 'A. E. Bullock | 43 Chancery Lane | W. C.', with autograph note: 'An Essay written originally for a prize, I believe.
A. G. Temple [Sir Alfred George Temple], F.S.A., Director of the Guildhall Art Gallery [Lord Leighton [Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton]; Leighton House, 2 Holland Park Road, Kensington, W.]
London: George Bell & Sons. [1900.]
pp., 12mo. In olive wraps printed in green. Printed on art paper with 17 photographic illustrations (14 of them of the house), and the last four pages carrying advertisements. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Disbound from a collection of pamphlets ('13' in manuscript at head of front cover), and with library stitching at spine. Uncommon: five copies on COPAC and WorldCat, but none at the British Library or in North America.
[The Aston Rowant Gallery, Oxfordshire; Thomas Taylor (1808-1892), cotton manufacturer and Mayor of Wigan; Christie, Manson & Woods, London auctioneers]
Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, at their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, On Saturday, April 28, 1883. [London: Printed by Wm. Clowes & Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross.]
20pp., 8vo. In lilac wraps, printed in black. Disbound from a collection of pamphlets, and with library stitching on spine. Aged and worn, with stamp of the Free Public Library, Wigan, to damaged front cover. (The collection had been amassed by the cotton manufacturer Thomas Taylor, Mayor of Wigan, 1854-55, and was housed in his country house at Aston Rowant.) Around half the 94 lots priced in guineas and pounds in red ink. Includes work by John Linnell, J. W. Waterhouse, Luke Fildes, Marcus Stone, W. P. Frith and G. F. Watts.
Elisabeth Frink [Elizabeth Jean Frink] (1930-1993), English sculptor and printmaker [Yolanda Sonnaband (b.1935), theatre designer and portrait painter; Typography Froshaug]
St George's Gallery, 7 Cork Street, London W1. 17 May to 18 June 1955. The programme by 'Typography Froshaug / Printed in Great Britain'.
Both items on aged and lightly-worn paper. ONE: Invitation. Printed postcard, addressed on reverse to 'Mrs Molanda [sic] Sonnaband, | 30, Hamilton Terrace, | N.W.8.' Tastefully designed, in sans-serif font, the card reads: 'Elisabeth Frink | Basil Jonzen requests the honour of your company at the Private View of the first one-man exhibition of sculpture & drawings of Elisabeth Frink at St. George's Gallery Paintings & Sculpture. 3pm Tuesday 17 May 1955 | 10am to 6pm (1pm Saturdays) 7 Cork Street . London W1'. TWO: Programme.
[Archibald Russell; The National Gallery, British Art; William Blake]
[The National Gallery, British Art.] London: Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1913.
4to, 75 pp. On aged paper, in original purple printed wraps, which are repaired at spine with tape. Inscribed at head of the front wrap to 'Mr. Tregaskis with Mr. Archibald Russell's compliments'. Russell was an authority on Blake's works, the recipient, Tregaskis, a distiguished bookseller.
Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), English engraver, first Keeper of the Tate Gallery, and Director of the National Gallery
On letterhead of the National Gallery, British Art, Millbank, London, S.W. 28 February 1906.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes to apologise that he 'cannot get away to see the Holbein' at the previously arranged time, because he has a meeting with 'my accounting officer'. He suggests an alternative time, and apologises 'heartily for my mistake'.
Valentine Green (1739-1813), English engraver and print publisher, Keeper of the British Institution, 1805-1813 [William Daniell (1769-1837), landscape and marine painter]
British Gallery, Pall Mall [London]. 20 July 1807.
1p., 4to. In good conditon, on aged paper. He begins: 'As both the pictures you bought are to be taken without the frames, I can't take upon me to displace them, without either you or the Artists were present, and more especially Mr. Daniell's, which is framed in a particular way.' Consequently he will keep the paintings, till either the recipient or artists take them away, 'and give me a proper discharge for them'. He ends with his hours of attendance.
Thomas German Reed (1817-1888), English musician and actor, proprietor of the Gallery of Illustration, 14 Regent Street, London [Edward Dean Davis (1806-1887), lessee of the Theatre Royal, Newcastle]
Letter One: on letterhead of the Gallery of Illustration, 14 Regent Street [London]. 24 December 1863. Letter Two: 'Sat. S. C.'
Letter One: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With decorative letterhead in red. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear Old DD' and 'E. D. Davis'. He realises that Davis is in 'a precious state of mind', and will only send 'a few lines to exchange domestic greetings of kindliness & good fellowship from the circle of Balham to the Square in N'Castle - the waters of the Thames mingle with those of the Tyne'.
John Wishaw (c.1764-1840), Secretary to the African Association, friend of Malthus and biographer of Mungo Park [James Loch (1780-1855), Whig MP for St Germains, Cornwall]
9 May . 'L. I. Fields' [i.e. Lincolns Inn Fields, London].
2pp., 12mo. 40 lines. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. The reverse of the second leaf carries half of a red wax seal, as well as the address to 'James Loch Esqr | Bloomsbury Square'. The letter begins: 'My dear Loch | Some friends of mine from the Country are desirous of seeing Lord Stafford's & Lord Grosvenor's pictures some time next week; & they understand that the obtaining of Tickets is not a matter of course but that some little interest is necessary.' He asks for assistance 'with regard to Cleveland House [...] for Mrs Johnston & party (about 5 or 6 persons)'.
Sir Percy Nunn [Sir Thomas Percy Nunn] (1870-1944), Professor of Education, University of London [H. Clarence Whaite (1895-1978), Head of Art Department, University of London Institute of Education]
The first, dated 28 June 1928, on London County Council letterhead. The second, dated 5 August 1937, from 83 Manor Drive, Wembley, Middlesex.
Two extraordinarily positive testimonials, especially significant coming from one of the leading educationalists of his age, and also of interest considering the fact that Whaite would follow Nunn to the London Institute. (Whaite was first cousin twice removed of his more famous namesake. He was himself an excellent artist and teacher, and there is a large collection of his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.) ONE: Written by Nunn as Principal, London County Council, London Day Training College (University of London), Southampton Row, London, WC1. On College letterhead; 28 June 1928.
Henry Tonks (1862-1937), artist, Slade Professor of Fine Art, University College, London [Henry Clarence Whaite (1895-1978), Head of the Art Department, University of London Institute of Education]
Letters and note: four from Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea, SW3, and one on letterhead of Hill Hall, Theydon Mount, Epping; between 1922 and 1924. Testimonial on University of London, University College, letterhead; 4 January 1924.
The note is Item Three below, and the testimonial is Item Six. Items One and Six refer to Tonks's 'large wall decoration at University College', 'The Four Founders', on which Whaite assisted Tonks. (Whaite, who was first cousin twice removed of his more famous namesake, was an excellent artist and tutor, and there is a large collection of his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.) One: Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea; 22 July 1932. 1p., 16mo. Good, on aged and spotted paper. 'I enclose you a Cheque for £5.
John Rushout (1770-1859), 2nd Baron Northwick, English peer and connoisseur
Connaught Place; 29 June 1832.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Having received the unnamed recipient's letter of the previous day, Northwick will be 'most happy to give effect to your wishes by granting free access to my Pictures to you, & your Daughter, whenever it may be convenient to you to call at Connaught Place'. If the recipient calls before noon Northwick will probably 'have the pleasure of shewing them to you', if he comes after noon, or Northwich 'shd. happen to be from home, my Servants shall receive directions to admit you to see the Paintings'.
John Abraham (1813-1881) of Clay & Abraham, pharmaceutical chemists, Chairman of the Liverpool Gallery of Inventions and Science [Sir William Brown (1784-1864) of Richmond Hill; Cuthbert Collingwood]
Letter: Richmond Hill, Liverpool; 20 January 1863. Pamphlet: Liverpool: Printed by A. & D. Russell, Moorfields. 1865.
ONE. Letter, signed 'Wm Brown'. 3 pp, 12mo. Bifolium. 25 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He is 'greatly disappointed' that, '[h]aving gone to the expense of building the Hall of Inventions & Science', 'the five Learned Societies' that 'induced' him 'to make that addition to the Library, have taken no effectual means to make it available for the purpose intended'. Brown 'promised £100 towards the fittings', and is sending a cheque for that amount.