[Terence Hodgkinson, art historian and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to renaissance art expert Giles Robertson, regarding a relief attributed to Grinling Gibbons.

Terence Hodgkinson [Terence William Ivan Hodgkinson] (1913-1999), art historian and Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London [Giles Henry Robertson (1913-1987), Italian Renaissance expert]
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20 and 31 December 1947. Both on letterheads of the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London.

See his entry in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. A year before these letters Hodgkinson had become an assistant keeper in the Department of Architecture and Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert, where his first task had been to organize the display of the Hildburgh collection of English medieval alabasters. Also in 1946 Robertson had begun his long career at Edinburgh University, having worked through the war at Bletchley Park, before joining the unit assigned to track down works of art looted by the Nazis.

[Eve Arnold, the first female Magnum photographer, associated with Marilyn Monroe.] Black and white print of ‘Nancie Foster / Richmond’, in folder inscribed by her ‘To Ivan with best wishes from / Eve’.

Eve Arnold [née Eve Deborah Cohen] (1912-2012), American photojournalist who settled in England, first female Magnum photographer, famous for images of Marilyn Monroe [Nancie Foster, Richmond]
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No date or place. [1940s or 1950s. Richmond, Virginia?]

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. 14.5 x 10.5 cm black and white print on matte paper stock. In 24 x 29.5 cm folder with ‘Camera Portrait’ in fancy letters embossed on front cover, which is inscribed at bottom right: ‘To Ivan with best wishes from / Eve’. The work is attractively presented by the photographer by being laid down on a 17.5 x 15 cm rectangle of tissue paper in turn laid down on a 16.5 x 12.5 piece of black paper which shows through the tissue and is itself laid down on the recto of the second leaf of the folder.

[Ivan Maisky, Soviet Union Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Second World War.] Autograph Signature ('I. Maisky').

Ivan Maisky [Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky] (1884-1975), Soviet Union Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Second World War
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No date or place.

On 6 x 7.5 cm slip of paper, laid down on a piece of card. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm and large signature, reading 'I. Maisky'.

[ Ivan August Turszky, Austrian Governor of Dalmatia. ] Printed decree ('Notificazione | Dell' I. R. Governo della Dalmazia'), in Italian, ordering the destruction of the fortifications of Spalato (Split, Croatia) to make it an open city.

Ivan August Turszky (1778-1856), Austrian Governor of Dalmatia, 1841-1847 [ Spalato (Split, Croatia) ]
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'Zara [ now Zadar, Croatia ] 3 Settembre 1845.'

Printed on one side of a 30 x 20 cm. piece of deckled-edge laid watermarked paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Hapsburg double-eagle at head, with 'N. 18205 | 2042' at top left. Fifteen lines of text, followed by 'Zara 3 Settembre 1845. | CAVALIERE DI TURSZKY GOVERNATORE. | NOB. de FLUCK | I. R. Consigliere di Governo.' The governor orders that in future the city of Split will be regarded as an open city rather than a walled one. 'Delle esistenti fortificazioni saranno soltanto da conservarsi il Forte Grippe e le due batterie di S.

[ Typescript of play. ] '"Columbine in Camberwell". A Play in One Act.'

Ivan Butler (1909-1998), playwright, actor and cinema historian
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The author's address given on cover as 4 Raglan Gardens, Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire. Undated.

[2] + 31pp., 4to. In pink card covers. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and stained covers. The play was published in London by H. F. W. Deane & Sons in 1953.

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