William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941), Scottish artist and aesthete
On letterhead of 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Kings Road, S.W. [ London ] 20 December [ 1927 ].
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed 'Ackd | 12/12/27 | J F', and with Ranken's name written out in a neat contemporary hand at the foot of the second page. After apologising for the delayed response he writes that he is 'much flattered' by the recipient's suggestion that he join his 'well-known & important Society', and will have much pleasure in submitting his name for election.
Katharine Ada Esdaile [ née McDowall ] (1881-1950), art historian, wife of Arundell Esdaile (1880-1956), Secretary of the British Museum [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts; James Barry ]
On letterhead of Keynes, Austenway, Gerrard's Cross. 22 January 1913.
5pp., 12mo. On two bifoliums. With the Society's oval Adelphi date stamp. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rust-staining from paperclip. She begins by asking if 'there would be any difficulty in my examining Barry's paintings at the Adelphi, & taking a few notes on them. | My old friend & my husband's colleague at the British Museum, Mr.
Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908), portrait painter and Christian socialist, associate of Ruskin and Rossetti, founder of the Working Men's College, London [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) ]
Hanwell. 16 April 1877.
4pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Monogram letterhead. Docketed by Harington. Much of the letter relates to the delicate health of his wife 'Ellen' (Margaret Ellen Dickinson, nee Williams, 1825-1882), but the reason for writing is a painting Harington has asked him to make of his 'boy'. He has received Harington's 'letters & enclosure' and 'will gladly do anything' he can for him. (1825-1882), but asks him to 'write to the photographers Messrs.
W. H. Wells [ Wilfrid Henry Wells ] (b.1878), Reader at the University of Munich, sinologist
The Typescript with authorial inscription: 'W. H. Wells | Reichersbeuern | Germany 13b'.
There is no indication that either of the two papers was ever published. Wells's 1935 book, 'Perspective in early Chinese Painting' is considered the first Western treatment of the subject. The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Typescript of 'The Auditory Element in some Chinese Landscape Paintings'. 6pp., with three plates (i.e. black and white photographs laid down on three leaves with typed credits). Bound up in a folder of orange card, with title and Wells's details on cover in his hand.
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'.
Janina ('Jania') Forbes-Robertson [ née Janina Flamm ] (d.1922), Polish artist, wife of the English artist Eric Forbes-Robertson (1865-1935), sister-in-law of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
One from 13 Batoum Gardens, Shepherds Bush [ London ], 'Sunday'. One in French from 79 Netherwood Road, Shepherds Bush, 'Lundi'. Another simply dated '1 November.'
Janine Flamm attended the Académie Julian in Paris with Eric Forbes-Robertson, an associate at Pont-Aven of Gaugin and Robert Bevan, who married her college friend the Polish artist Stanislawa de Karlowska (1876-1952). The couple married on Jersey in 1897, and their son Philippe was born soon after, followed by sisters Ida and Cecilia. None of these three letters is dated, but they must all have been written in the early years of the twentieth century, with Janina miserably placed with her young children in London while her husband pursued his artistic ambitions in the country.
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.
'R. C. W.' [ Sir Robert C. Witt, editor; Burlington Fine Arts Club ]
London: Privately Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1924. [ Printed in England at the Oxford University Press by Frederick Hall ]
112pp., 4to. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped printed grey wraps, with slight tape staining at foot of spine. An elegant production, on good paper, with catalogue of 329 items in the fields of pictures, drawings, furniture, carpets, metalwork, ceramics and sculpture, preceded by list of contributors, bibliography. and seventeen-page introduction by a variety of specialists.
[ Maggs Brothers, London booksellers; Kate Greenaway; Hugh Thomson ]
Maggs Bros. Ltd. London. [ Printed in Great Britian by The Courier Press, Leamington Spa and London. ] No date. [ 1930s?]
13 + pp., 8vo. Stapled and unbound. Staining to inner margin of front cover, otherwise in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Thirteen items, eleven by Greenaway (with three illustrations) and two by Thomson (both illustrated). The most expensive item, at £100, is the first, Greenaway's 'Apples' (illustrated): 'A large water-colour drawing of a little girl standing in front of a whitewashed wall holding a few apples in the lid of a hamper.
John Bridgman of Wigmore Street, London, patron of John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) [James Reeve (1833-1920), painter]
'July 1825. | 10. Wigmore St. [London]'.
A highly interesting letter, indicative of the relationship between artist and patron in late Georgian England, and revealing of Cotman's mental state at a time during which, as the Oxford DNB notes, he 'suffered from depressive illness'. 4pp., 4to. Bifolium with 53 lines of text. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few short closed tears at ends of crease lines. The letter concerns the painting 'View from Yarmouth Bridge, looking towards Breydon, just after sun-set' (now in the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery).
The Gentlewoman [Victorian illustration; printing on cloth]
'Supplement to The Gentlewoman Christmas Number.' [1890s]
Printed in pastel colours on the shiny side of a piece of white sateen. Landscape. Dimensions roughly 240 x 385 mm. Good, bright image on slighty grubby cloth, with fraying along the long edges (not affecting image). Depicts three head-and-shoulder portraits of pretty nineteenth-century ladies in hats (captioned 'Lady Pattie', 'Miss Betty' and Cousin Prue'), in Gainsborough style, hanging in frames on a wall of Georgian wallpaper.
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.
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.
Antoine Renou (1731-1806), French painter and playwright [ Monger of the Institut National; Pierre Bénézech (1749-1802), French Minister of the Interior ]
'ce 4 Thermidor. An 5e.' [ 23 July 1797 ]
4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Salut et fraternité | Renou'. A long and interesting letter, regarding student unrest in the French revolution, and involving a descision taken by the 'Classe des Sciences et Artes de l'Institut, qui acorde un jour de prolongation aux Concurrens pour les prix de Peinture', and the attempts of the Institut National to impose discipline.
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'.
Charles Dupaty [ Louis-Marie-Charles-Henri Mercier Dupaty ] (1771-1825), French sculptor [ Edme Gaulle; Jules-Antoine Vauthier; Auguste-Henri-Victor Grandjean de Montigny ]
[ France, 1790s. ]
1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear along one edge. The recipient is not named. Reads: 'les Citoyens Edme Gaulle, L. M. Charles Henry Mercier Dupaty réquisitionnaires éleves de L'ecole de Peinture et Sculpture concurrents aux grand prix de cette armée sont incorporés dans la 96eme 1/2 brigade actuellement a Paris | Le Citoyen Vauthier Peintre et réquisitionnaire est dans la 9 1/2 bridgade.
Edme Gaulle (1762-1841), French sculptor [ François Devosge (1732-1811), French painter and sculptor; his son the painter Anatole Devosges (1770-1850) ]
'Paris Le 14 Germinal An 7'. [ 3 April 1799 ]
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Long letter (95 lines) in a small and neat hand. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, 'Au Citoyen Devosge professeur de L'Ecole nationale de peinture et Sculpture | À Dijon'. An interesting letter, including news of his success since leaving Dijon for Paris ('Mon début a été heureux') and several references to 'Anatoille', a pet-name for the recipient's son, then studying at the studio of David, as well as the 'nouvelle officielle' of a French victory over the Austrians.
Pierre Audouin (1768-1822) and Pierre Laurent (1739-1809), French engravers
Paris. 17 May 1792.
1p., 8vo. In good condition, with tax stamp on reverse. The addresses of the two men are given as 'enclos du Temple' for Laurent and 'Rue de Tournon No. 4' for Audouin. Audouin undertakes to engrave, with 'tous mes soins pour y mettre toute La perfection', 'un dessein fais d'après Le Tableau de Terburg du Cabinet du Roi, Representans un Riche financier qui offre de L'ord [sic] a une jeune femme'. For his part Laurent agrees to pay Audouin 'La Somme de deux mille deux cens [sic] Livre'.
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.
Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889), Irish journalist, editor of the Art Journal
The Rosery [sic], Old Brompton [ London ]. 22 December [ no year ].
2pp., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Writing in dramatic terms, he apologises for 'the disappointment to which I subjected your society', and explains that he had 'fully calculated on receiving some notice from you, a day or two previous to the day fixed'.
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.