O'NEILL

['Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Irish poet Agnes Shakespeare Skrine, mother of novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell').] ALS from her, explaining her reticence; and letters about her background from John Stevenson ('Pat M'Carty') and H. C. Montgomery.

Author: 
'Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Agnes Shakespeare Skrine [née Higginson] (1864-1955), Irish poet, mother of Molly Keane [née Mary Nesta Skrine] (1904-1996; 'M. J. Farrell') [John Stevenson of Coolavin]
Publication details: 
Skrine from Wellfield, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; 12 February 1910. Stevenson from Coolavin, Belfast; 17 February 1910. Montgomery from Central Buildings, 40 Rosemary Street, Belfast; 17 February 1910.
£750.00

Three excellent letters relating to the reclusive Antrim poet 'Moira O'Neill', mother of the novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell'): an ALS from the poet herself, explaining her reticence; an ALS from the poet John Stevenson of Coolavin ('Pat M'Carty') regarding the poet and her background, and reporting information received from the antiquary Francis Joseph Biggers and 'Rev. H D Murphy of St. George's'; and a TLS from H. C. Montgomery of Belfast, telling what he knows of the poet and her family. From the papers of Rev.

[G. B. O'Neill, Irish painter.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. Bernard O'Neill'), inviting G. W. Cooke to join in a 'friendly cup' with him and 'Mr. Callcott' [William Hutchins Callcott?], who is bringing sketches for him to inspect.

Author: 
G. B. O'Neill [George Bernard O'Neill] (1828-1917), Irish painter [G. W. Cooke [George Wingrove Cooke] (1814-1865), lawyer and historian; Sir Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844)]
Publication details: 
'The Mall | Kensington. | Monday'. No date.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In 1857 O'Neill married Emma Stuart Callcott, granddaughter of the artist Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, from whose house the present letter is addressed. He informs Cooke that he has 'asked Mr. Callcott [probably O'Neill's father-in-law William Hutchins Callcott (1807-1882)] to come & take a "friendly cup" with me on Thursday Evg. & we shall be glad of your company if you can favour us'. In a postscript O'Neill states that Callcott has promised to let him have 'the sketches I spoke to you of, in case you should come'.

[Harry Duncan O'Neill, Secretary of the Clerical, Medical and General Life Assurance Society.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. D. O'Neill') to 'Hay', with copy of his privately printed 'Clerical Verses. 1889-1910. By H. D. O'N.', containing 28 inserts.

Author: 
'H. D. O'N.' [Harry Duncan O'Neill (1867-1946), Secretary of the Clerical, Medical and General Life Assurance Society] [Arthur Digby Besant (1869-1960)]
Publication details: 
Book: [London?] Printer not stated. [Circa 1911.] Letter: on letterhead of 15 St James's Square, Pall Mall, SW [London]; 9 February 1912.
£320.00

For more about O'Neill (son of the Victorian artist George Bernard O'Neill) see his obituary in The Times, 15 June 1946. LETTER: 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

Autographs of Ian Bannen, Patrick Magee, Prunella Scales and 13 others cast members of the 1958 London production of Eugene O'Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh', with Arts Theatre Club and Winter Garden Theatre programmes, tickets, cuttings and a letter.

Author: 
[1958 London production of Eugene O'Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh', featuring Ian Bannen; Patrick Magee; Michael Balfour; Prunella Scales; The Arts Theatre Club and Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane]
Publication details: 
The Arts Theatre Club, 6 and 7 Great Newport Street, WC2, and Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane, London. 1958.
£150.00

17 items, the collection in good condition, on aged paper. Item One: Autographs of sixteen individuals associated with the production, all signing to 'Sonia'. 2pp., 12mo. On bifolium removed from ruled notebook. The signatories are: Michael Bryant, Robert Hunter, Margaret Whiting, Hilda Braid, Vivian Matalon, Tony Church ('Sonia, our proletarian beauty | from hungry Hugo'), Jack MacGowran, Robert Adams, Prunella Scales ('Maggie'), Michael Balfour ('May you triumph over virtue'), Patrick Magee, Tony Robertson, Joby Blanshard, Anthony Jacobs, Lee Montagu and Ian Bannen.

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