Vera Wainwright [ Vera Stacey Wainwright ] (1893-1967), West Country painter and poet, friend of Austin Osman Spare [ Ida Forbes-Robertson, daughter Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist ]
Crows Nest, Darite, Liskeard, Cornwall. 18 September 1947.
2pp., landscape 8vo. In envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed to 'Miss I. Forbes-Robertson | 30a. Collingham Place | Earls Court | S.W.5.' In good condition, lightly aged. The first part of the letter concerns a lost or stolen letter and cheque. 'Of course I shall pay you - but it is s. sweet of you to suggest the present'. She repeats information she gave in the letter about which artists' materials she would like: 'Paper for water-colour is becoming scarce too but I have some at the moment'.
Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and brother of the Shakespearian actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson [ his daughter Ida ('Idzie') Forbes-Robertson ] [ Royal Artillery ]
The first two on Royal Artillery letterheads of the 'R. A. MESS, | SHOEBURYNESS.' 19 October and 19 November 1916. The third on letterhead of the Prince of Wales' Hospital for Convalescent Officers, Marylebone [ London ]. 7 March 1917.
The three items are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 19 October 1916. 2pp., 8vo. In envelope with postmark and stamp, addressed by him to his daughter at 48 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. Referring to his wife the Polish artist Janina Flamm, he regrets that he cannot 'come home for dear Janias birthday' as he cannot get leave. He is enclosing 2s 6d each for her and her brother 'Phip' [Philippe Forbes-Robertson] and sister 'Cecilia' to get presents for their mother. He sends best wishes to his brothers Leonard and Johnston.
A. S. Pigott, general manager [ Lillah McCarthy (1875-1960) and Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), actors and producers; William Shakespeare; The Savoy Theatre, Strand ]
On letterhead of 'Shakespeare | THE WINTER'S TALE', production by Lillah McCarthy and Granville Barker at the Savoy Theatre, Strand [ London]. 25 October 1912.
1p., 4to. On aged and worn paper. Enquiring whether 'Mr. Kelt' will be free to play, 'at the same salary you are now receiving pro rata', in 'three special Matinees of "The Winter's Tale" on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday during the week commencing November 4th.', and also possibly a further two matinees a week during 'the run of "Twelfth Night"', the first week's matinees being on the Wednesday and Thursday. Beneath Pigott's signature Forbes-Robertson has written: 'got 10s per performance'. From the Forbes-Robertson papers.
Alfred Wareing (1876-1942), theatrical producer [ Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), artist and actor, brother of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) ]
On letterhead of 20 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, W.C. 2 December 1901.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. After thanking him for his note he reports that he has written, 'bearing in mind your injunction, to Ian', i.e. the actor Ian Forbes Robertson (1859-1936). He will be going 'down to S. N. or Notting Hill to see him', and asks Forbes-Robertson to send in the coming week 'some specimens of your black & white work to Edgar Wilson, 1, Middleton Rd. Battersea Rise S.W.' Wilson is 'the art editor of a magazine', and Wareing has written to him suggesting that he take some of Forbes-Robertson's work.
David Roberts (1796-1864), RA, Scottish artist [ Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), artist ]
Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 16 January 1856.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, laid down on leaf removed from album. The recipient's name is unclear. The letter begins: 'I wrote to Henry yesterday, that I should have a Fly here Tomorrow, Thursday, at 4 OClock to take & bring you back from Stanfields - and last night I recd yours stating - you would take a Fly to bring you here'. He discusses the alternatives, commenting 'Had it not better remain as arranged?'
James Stuart [ called 'Athenian Stuart' ] (1713-1788), painter and architect [ Francis Wingrave (c.1745-1820), London bookseller ]
Place and date not stated.
1p., 4to. On bifolium. Written in an elegant assured hand. Addressed on second leaf, 'To | Mr Francis Wingrave'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Reads: 'Dear Frank | I shall be much obliged to you if you can possibly get the copies I leave with this, inserted in the Gazeteer, the Public, & the Ledger, & the Morning Chronicle, we suppose it of consequence to the success of our exhibition, the interests of which I have greatly at heart. | Yours sincerely | J Stuart | Any expence attending the publication I shall gladly reimburse you'.
F. R. Pickersgill [ Frederick Richard Pickersgill ] (1820-1900), RA, English artist and book illustrator
36 Mornington Crescent, 24 May 1853.
On 7.5 x 11 cm slip cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. On one side reads: 'Gentlemen | Your Obt. Servt. | Fred R Pickersgill | 36 Mornington Crescent | 24 May 1853.' and on the other '[...] at the ensuing half yearly distribution of the Funds of the Institution - | Mr. Varrall is not personally known to me but from the representation of Mr WIlliams ARA [...]'.
Peter Wardle (b.1929), British portrait painter [ William Deeves (1893-1977), Director, The National Portraiture Association; ]
Mainly from London. Dating from between 1972 and 1974.
Peter Wardle studied at Leicester School of Art and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He began his career as a professional portrait painter and sculptor in the 1970s, and has work in a number of institutions including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Ten of his works in the National Portrait Gallery collection include portraits of Athol Fugard, H. J. Eysenck and Edmund Blunden. He was also responsible for the portrait of Sir Geoffrey Keynes used as the frontispiece to his 1973 festschift. The present collection, containing around ninety items, is in aged and worn condition.
Wardle studied at Leicester School of Art and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He began as a professional portrait painter and sculptor in the 1970s, and has work in institutions including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Ten of his works in the National Portrait Gallery include portraits of Athol Fugard, H. J. Eysenck and Edmund Blunden. Among his other sitters was Sir Geoffrey Keynes. The present item comprises 35 pages of sketches in pen and pencil, and 21 pages of text, making a total of 56pp in a 20 x 13 cm French notebook with spiral binding. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn.
Jane Wardle [ Frances Jane Wardle ] (1950-2015), Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, London [ Peter Wardle (b.1929), English artist ]
Two of the letters from 48 Abingdon Road, Oxford, and one on letterhead of the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. One of the childhood items from Lidstone, Enstone, Oxfordshire. All items undated (adult letters pre-1991).
Wardle's achievements as a leading behavioural scientist in the field of cancer prevention are described in her obituary in the Guardian, 24 November 2015. The three adult letters addressed to 'Daddy'. One four-page letter on yellow paper with loss from damp damage, the other items in fair condition, with light signs of age. One of the other two letters also of four pages, and the last of one page. The letters are intimate and positive, filled with loving encouragement and advice and giving family news.
William James Callcott (c.1823-1900), English marine artist [ Maitland Coffin ]
From 48 Stockwell Park Crescent, London S.W. On letterhead of the Savage Club, Lancaster House, Savoy, W.C. 22 December 1886.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed 'Private'. He writes that he called the previous day at Coffin's chambers, and that he will do so the following day, 'and will bring that bit for the wall'. He states 'in confidence' that he wishes to 'pay a surgeon on Saty next £6. 5. 0 rent for Studio - he is a good fellow but he wants his rent'. Callcott has in the studio 'a number of works, & I would let you have (if agreeable) a good picture recent work size 61in x 41 - Rocky Coast - never used yet in Exhibition or otherwise'.
Eileen Chandler [ born Eileen Harris ] (1904-1993), English artist who worked in Los Angeles on portraits of Hollywood children [ Liza Minnelli; Mia Farrow; Deborah Kerr; Maureen O'Sullivan ]
Undated [ 1950s and 1960s ]. Mainly relating to her time in Los Angeles, California.
For more information about Chandler, see the appreciative obituary by Vy Reiners in the Independent, 5 February 1993, which describes how 'An article in the Illustrated London News launched her on a successful career that took her to Hollywood, painting sensitive, charming watercolour portraits of the children of the stars, and many of the stars themselves.' The present item contains 70 photographs in a 24 x 33 cm album. The photographs, ranging in size from 19 x 23 cm. downwards, are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.
Percy V. Bradshaw [ Percy Venner Bradshaw ] (1878-1965), English artist and art teacher, Director of tthe Press Art School
The seven letters on letterheads of the Press Art School, Tudor Hall, Forest Hill, London. Between 17 June 1946 and 16 April 1947.
The 19 items in fair condition, slightly dogeared and lightly aged and worn, with the last couple of leaves of the last lesson (see below) torn and worn. The seven letters (all signed 'Percy V Bradshaw') total 30pp., 8vo.
W. E. Frost [ William Edward Frost ] (1810-1877), English artist specialising in female nudes, Royal Academician [ Joseph B. Cooke; Oscar Wilde ]
46 Fitzroy Square [ London ]. 30 January 1875.
1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. He regrets to inform him that 'we have still a sick house'. His 'dear Sister' has been 'very ill', but he trusts they are 'both mending'. He concludes: 'I have pleasure in enclosing a Photo of myself, and shll be pleased to be admitted to your collection'. Professor Joseph Bristow, in his paper 'Homosexual Blackmail in the 1890s', describes how, twenty years later (on 11 August 1894), at a party hosted at 46 Fitzroy Square by John Watson Preston, twenty men were arrested, including two dressed in women's clothing.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain
Zaragoza [ Saragossa, Spain ]. 8 March 1977.
1p., 8vo. Signed in blue felt-tip pen. Letterhead illustration of drawing by West, picked out in blue and red felt-tip. A jokey letter beginning: 'ta very much for the dress - it didn't fit me so now Sandra wears it. We have called her Sandra Mercedes. Sandra, though perhaps not very evocative, is easily pronounced in both English and Spanish.
Philip West (1949-1997), English Surrealist artist based in Spain; Juan Calzadilla (b.1931), Venezuelan poet [ Arturo Schwarz (b.1924), Italian art historian; Surrealism ]
Exhibition Catalogue for show at El Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela. 1982. Autograph card with message undated.
According to Benezit, West 'saw his representational painting as relating to that of Magritte, a sort of poetic communication beyond words, using association and analogy'. AUTOGRAPH CARD: Bifolium (15.5 x 22 cm.) on blue card. In good condition, lightly aged. The illustration on the front cover, in black ink shaded in white, is signed 'West.', and depicts a sardine can in the shape of a human hand, half-opened to show the skeleton of the hand within. The recto of the second leaf carries the letter to 'Dear John', in red ink, ten lines long.
Edward Lear (1812-1888), artist and author, famed for his nonsense verse
Without place or date.
On 2 x 6cm strip of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, underlined, with the tiniest part of the head of the loop of the iniitial 'E' of 'Edwd' has been shaved off.
Sir Edwin Landseer [ Sir Edwin Henry Landseer ] (1802-1873), English artist and sculptor, best known for his works depicting animals
Without place or date.
Good, bold underlined signature in brown ink on 4 x 6 cm piece of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Laid down on piece of thick paper, on the reverse of which are traces of grey paper mount. Presumably cut from a letter.
William Powell Frith (1819-1909) [ Sir Leslie Ward [ Sir Leslie Matthew Ward ] (1851-1922), English cartoonist for 'Vanity Fair', under the name 'Spy'
'Spy' cartoon from 'Vanity Fair' (London), 10 May 1873. Autograph Note Signed on letterhead of 114 Clifton Hill, [ London ] NW. 12 May 1887.
ONE: Printed 'Spy' cartoon. 35.5 x 23 cm. Coloured. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. A placid Firth is shown before an easel, with brush in one hand and pallette in another. TWO: ANS. 2p., 12mo. With mourning border. 'Dear young ladies | I have pleasure in complying with your request for an autograph. | Faithfully yours | W. P. Firth. | To | The Misses Savage'.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema [ Lourens Alma Tadema ] (1836-1912), Anglo-Dutch artist
On letterhead of 10 Park Street, Windsor. 15 July 1885.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The note reads: 'Dear Mr. Sparks | I am so sorry to be unable to comply with your request, being previously engaged for the 23d. inst | yours sincerely | L Alma Tadema'.
G. D. Leslie [ George Dunlop Leslie ] (1835-1921). RA, English genre painter
Both on letterheads of Riverside, Wallingford [ Berkshire ].16 and 23 December 1883.
Both items in fair condition, bifoliums on lightly aged paper. ONE: 16 December 1883. 3pp., 12mo. Telling the story of the 'Wallingford Belles', beginning with the family of 'Thomas Clark [...] landlord of the Lamb Hotel, formerly called the Bell' When Grant visits him the following summer he will give him 'lessons in painting & as much Lawn Tennis as you like and there is no end to the Archaeology of the neighbourhood'. TWO: 23 December . 4pp., 12mo. He begins by offering to aid Grant's researchehs by search the parish registers.
John Pye (1782-1874), English landscape painter [ Walter Field (1837-1901), artist ]
17 Gloucester Crescent, NW [ London ]. 3 March 1871.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. He writes that he has 'carefully looked over the Copy of "Turner's England and Wales," that will be offered for Sale at Christies rooms on Tuesday next', and that while he finds it 'in all respects good of its kind, and applicable to the Library of a gentleman', it is 'not so well applicable to the Studio of an Artist, whose aim is to acquire from it, all the knowledge that a more refined class of impressions of places might impart to him'.
Sir John Watson Gordon (1788-1864), Scottish portrait painter and President of the Royal Scottish Academy
123 George Street, Edinburgh. 21 February 1858.
Previously laid down in an autograph album. On both sides of a 12 x 10.5 cm. piece of paper, cropped down from 12mo. In fair condition, but with some loss of text due to cropping, and with traces of glue on first page (i.e. the page without the signature). On the first page he approves the postponement of the recipient's visit to Edinburgh, and on the second he expresses admiration for 'the kind and generous sentiments displayed on both sides and described with such perfect simplicity' in 'the presented papers'.
Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), British painter, of Bavarian origin [ Lululaund, Bushey, Hertfordshire ]
On letterhead of Dyreham, Bushey, Hertfordshire. 25 April 1888.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes that as he is 'so overwhelmed with work & arrangements & daily performances', he cannot do as the recipient wishes, but he can find him a ticket to one of the performances, and 'your brother can have use of photos I have taken - of groups &c.' Herkomer built a large romanesque house in Melbourne Road, and named it Lululaund after his third wife. Here he had his studio, and put on performances of his plays and theatrical compositions.