RENISHAW

[ Osbert Sitwell, author. ] Autograph Letter Signed 'Osbert Sitwell' to 'Lady Cynthia' [ Lady Cynthia Colville ], requesting information regarding an article he has written which pleased Queen Mary.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [ Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell ] (1892-1969), English author and connoisseur, with siblings Sacheverell and Edith one of 'the Sitwells' [ Lady Cynthia Colville (1884-1968) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, nr. Sheffield. 14 April 1947.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. In a crabbed hand. He thanks her for being 'so helpful', and expresses pleasure 'that Queen Mary liked the article'. The letter concludes: 'Stupid Hare does not say to whom belonged: if you know – for I don't -, do write the owner or former owner's name on a card, and send it to me.'?>

Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Osbert') to 'My dear James' [the film producer R. J. Minney].

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) [R. J. Minney]
Publication details: 
Letter One: 'Friday Renishaw' [c.1942]; on letterhead of 2 Carlyle Square, SW3. Letter Two: 5 April [c.1942?]. On illustrated letterhead of 'Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire [last word deleted]'. Letter Three: 4 January 1944; on Renishaw Hall letterhead.
£165.00

Sitwell and Renishaw collaborated on the play 'Gentle Caesar' (published in 1942), and the last two letters would appear to concern a possible film adaptation. All three items very good on lightly aged paper. Letter One ('Friday Renishaw'): 12mo, 2 pp. 18 lines of text. Apparently written around the time of the play's composition. Sitwell is 'delighted' that Minney is 'already immersed in Pares's book. I have just read the Czar and Empress Marie's Letters.' He has 'marked (in the preface mostly) what I thought helpful for atmosphere, or amusing'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Osbert') to 'My dear James'.

Author: 
Osbert Sitwell [Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet] (1892-1969), English writer and aesthete
Publication details: 
Monday' [no date]; on illustrated letterhead of Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire (amended by Sitwell to 'Renishaw | N[ear]. Sheffield').
£120.00

12mo, 2 pp. Very good. Attractive letterhead with engraved illustration of 'Renishaw Hall | Derbyshire' (last word crossed out by Sitwell). Written in purple ink. Asks if there is 'anything to be made of a curtain-raiser, or short film, which wd. show Napoleon catching the cold, which lost him the Battle of Waterloo? . . It is an amusing idea.' He considers that it is 'sure to have been some very silly person who sneezed at him . . . Or is the idea nonsense!'

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