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[ Sir Charles Holroyd, Director of the National Gallery. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Charles Holroyd') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to take the chair for two lectures.

Author: 
Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), artist and curator, Keeper of the Tate, 1897-1906, and Director of the National Gallery, 1906-1916 [Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London]
Publication details: 
First letter on letterhead of Sturdie House, Beechwood Avenue, Weybridge. 26 January 1915. Second letter on letterhead of the National Gallery [ London ]. 1 April 1915.
£45.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged, and both bearing the Society's stamp. ONE: 26 January 1915. 1p., 12mo. He is obliged by a previous engagement to decline the invitation 'to take the Chair for Mr. F Vincent Brooks lecture on Lithography on the 10th.', but feels the honour 'all the same'. TWO: 1 April 1915. 1p., 12mo. He would like, 'for every reason', 'to take the chair for M. Paul Lambottes lecture on C Meunier', but he will probbably be 'out of London during the first two weeks in May'.

[ The life of a Victorian Naval Cadet and Midshipman. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during service on seven Royal Navy ships: Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ naval; maritime; HMS Inflexible, Imaum, Wellesley, Alarm, Victory, Arrogant, Britannia. ]
Publication details: 
11 June 1850 to 13 March 1853. Including service in: England (Plymouth and Spithead), the West Indian Station (Jamaica, Bermuda, Trinidad), Newfoundland, the Mediterranean (Cuba, Gibraltar, Malta).
£1,500.00

The present item is a remarkably disciplined production for a boy ranging in age from twelve to sixteen. At the beginning of the volume the author writes: 'I, George Tate Medd 4th. Son of John and Sarah Medd of Stockport, Cheshire (at the age of 12¾ years), entered Her Majesty's Navy as Naval cadet on board H.M. Ship “Impregnable” June 11th.

[ A Royal Navy officer in China during the Second Opium War. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed from Sub.-Lieut George Tate Medd to his family, describing incidents while serving on HMS Hornet. With ten drawings by Medd of Chinese heads.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ The Second Opium War, 1856-1860; Second China War; Arrow War; HMS Hornet ]
Publication details: 
The four letters sent from China. The first from 18 July (Hong Kong) to 2 August ('Anchored off Shanghae') 1857. The other three from Canton: 4 and 18 May, and 3 July 1858.
£3,500.00

Although not yet twenty at the time of writing, Medd was already an experienced sailor, having enlisted at the age of twelve, and seen service in the Crimean War. The four letters present here are vivid, well-written, and informative. (Medd had been educated at Dr Burney's school at Gosport, and had had a letter on the Crimean War published in the Stockport Advertiser.) Medd describes the background to the letters as follows (in Item Two below): 'I served in HM Steam sloop “Hornet” in China from July 1857 to July 1859. And was at the storming and taking of Canton city December 29th.

[ A Royal Navy midshipman in the Crimean War. ] Autograph Log Book of George Tate Medd, compiled during wartime service on HMS Rodney and HMS Sidon, and including an eyewitness account of the Battle of Alma.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Crimean War; Royal Navy; naval; maritime; HMS Rodney; HMS Sidon ]
Publication details: 
14 March 1853 to 31 December 1854. Service in the Mediterranean (Malta, Turkey), the Black Sea (the Crimea).
£3,000.00

The first part of the volume, with entries from 14 March 1853 to 19 March 1854, describes Medd's service, under Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Charles Graham (1792-1857), on HMS Rodney (90 guns), which, as Medd states, travels 'with the combined Fleets, from Bosphorus to Sinope and back'; the second part, 20 March to 31 December 1854 , covers his time on the paddle frigate HMS Sidon, under his cousin and godfather Captain (later Admiral) George Goldsmith (1806-1888), the ship blockading (from April 1854) the coastline around the mouths of the Danube, assisting French troop transports during the

[ A Royal Navy midshipman in the build-up to the Crimean War. ] 'Private Journal' of George Tate Medd, in autograph with illustrations, describing service, mainly on HMS Rodney in the Mediterranean, includig an account of Christmas at sea.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ HMS Britannia; HMS Rodney; Rear-Admiral Charles Graham (1792-1857); Crimean War ]
Publication details: 
Stockport, Plymouth, Jamaica, Gibraltar, Malta, Greece, Turkey. Between 1850 and 1853.
£1,500.00

The vivid and entertaining material in this volume is the work of an author who as it begins is a naval cadet aged twelve, and by its end is a sixteen-year-old midshipman. It includes a splendid account of Christmas at sea on HMS Britannia in 1852, and another (with two illustrations) of a 'Row about the Wine bills' between Medd, together with other midshipmen of the Rodney. and its captain Charles Graham. Medd was the son of John Medd of Mansion House, Stockport, Cheshire.

[ Dr. Burney's Royal Academy at Gosport. ] Autograph Letter Signed by an eleven-year-old 'George T Medd', regarding arrangements for the 'Vacation'.

Author: 
George Tate Medd (1837-1907), Royal Navy officer, later Vicar of Whitchurch [ Dr. Burney's Academy, founded 1791; Gosport Royal Academy; Royal Navy; Rev. Edward Burney (c.1817-1888) ]
Publication details: 
'Royal Academy | Gosport June 1st. 1848'.
£40.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. The text of the letter is on both sides of the first leaf; the second leaf, around half of which has been torn away, carries four postmarks, and the remains of Medd's autograph address to his father John Medd, Stockport, Cheshire. The letter reads: 'My dear Papa | I am happy to inform you that our Vacation will commence the 15th Instant when I trust that Dr. Burney and the Revd. E. Burney will be enabled to give you a satisfactory report of my conduct and improverment during the half term.

[ E. Rimbault Dibdin, art critic and curator. ] Five Typed Letters Signed (all 'Edwd Rimbault Dibdin') to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding the Liverpool artists Richard Wright, Peter Perez Burdett and William Tate.

Author: 
E. Rimbault Dibdin [ Edward Rimbault Vere Dibdin ] (1853-1941), art critic, curator of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
Publication details: 
The five on letterheads of the Walker Art Gallery, City of Liverpool, and dating between 27 November 1915 and 23 February 1916.
£220.00

The letters total 5pp., 4to; and 1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamps of the Royal Society of Arts. On the reverse of one letter are pencil notes, presumably by Wood.

[ James Bolivar Manson, artist and Director of the Tate Gallery, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. B. Manson') to '[J.G.] Wilson', of booksellers, Bumpus, making suggestions for the placement of 'scraps of Irish Architects'.

Author: 
J. B. Manson [ James Bolivar Manson ] (1879-1945), 'London Group' artist and Director of the Tate Gallery, Millbank, London, 1930-1938
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Gallery [i.e. Tate Gallery], Millbank, SW1 [London]. 3 July 1929.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He considers that 'the scraps of Irish Architects' might be 'very useful for reference', and suggests offering them to the Royal Institute of British Architects or Association of Architects. In the latter part of the letter he makes suggestions regarding a meeting the following week.

[Modernist magazine.] Six issues of 'Twentieth Century Verse' (10, 11, 12-13, 14, 17, 18), with cover by Wyndham Lewis and contributions by George Barker, Delmore Schwartz, John Berryman, Allen Tate.

Author: 
Julian Symons, editor of the London modernist magazine 'Twentieth Century Verse' [Wyndham Lewis; George Barker; Roy Fuller; Robert Conquest; Allen Tate; Delmore Schwartz; John Berryman
Publication details: 
[The Editor, 45 St, George's Square, London, S.W.1.] Published between May 1938 (No. 10) and June/July 1939 (No. 18). [Diemer & Reynolds Ltd., printers, MIdland Road, Bedford.]
£80.00

Each of the six issues in its original card wraps, the first four with cover design by Wyndham Lewis. Internally good, on lightly aged paper, in aged and worn wraps. A total of 176pp., 8vo. No.10 (May 1938), pp.29-54. No.11 ('Long poems by George Barker and Kenneth Allott', July 1938), pp.55-78. No.12-13 ('an attempt to get inside the covers of a small magazine a number of the best, and most representative, living poets born in America', October 1938), pp.79-118. No.14 (December 1938), pp.119-142. No.17 (April/May 1939), pp.1-26. No.18 ('A Special Number', June/July 1939), pp.27-62.

[Nathaniel Tate, one of the overseers of the Parish of Alnwick, Northumberland.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nath. Tate one of the Overseers') to the overseers of the Parish of Darlington, regarding payment to 'Ann Allison, belonging to this Parish'.

Author: 
Nathaniel Tate, one of the overseers of the Parish of Alnwick, Northumberland [Ann Allison; Darlington Workhouse, County Durham]
Publication details: 
Alnwick. 10 December 1810.
£56.00

1p., 8vo. On a bifolium. Addressed, with postmark, on the reverse of the second leaf: 'To the Overseers of the Parish of Darlington - | Durham'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with two spike holes. The document reads: 'Gentn. | A Single Woman of the Name of Ann Allison, belonging to this Parish is gone to inhabit in your Parish - you will therefore have the goodness to pay her 2/6 pr. Week - from the 28th. Inst.

[Sir Charles Holroyd, English engraver, first Keeper of the Tate Gallery.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Thomson'

Author: 
Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), English engraver, first Keeper of the Tate Gallery, and Director of the National Gallery
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the National Gallery, British Art, Millbank, London, S.W. 28 February 1906.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He writes to apologise that he 'cannot get away to see the Holbein' at the previously arranged time, because he has a meeting with 'my accounting officer'. He suggests an alternative time, and apologises 'heartily for my mistake'.

Printed declaration, headed 'G. R. | At the Court at Kensington, December 3, 1696, Present the King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council', allowing the Psalms of Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate be read in 'Churches, Chapels, and Congregations'.

Author: 
W. Bridgeman [William Bridgeman, Under-Secretary of State] [Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate, translators of the Psalms of David; Kensington Palace]
Printed declaration, headed 'G. R. | At the Court at Kensington, December 3, 169
Publication details: 
1696. At the Court in Kensington.
£95.00
Printed declaration, headed 'G. R. | At the Court at Kensington, December 3, 169

Printed on a slip of laid paper. Royal Crest at head. The announcement, signed in type by Bridgeman, is in sixteen lines of small type. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Tate and Brady have petitioned that they have, 'with their utmost Care and Industry, compleated A New Version of the Psalms of David', and their request that 'the said Version may be used in such Congregations as shall think fit to receive it' is agreed to.

Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism. The Tate Gallery. 6 July - 19 August 1956.

Author: 
Wyndham Lewis [Tate Gallery, 1956; Sir John Rothenstein]
Publication details: 
London: Tate Gallery, 1956.
£45.00

4to: 36 pp + 12 pp of prints on art paper. Stapled. In striking original printed red card wraps. With A4 addendum leaf loosely inserted. Good, with light stain to bottom outer corner. Important two-page introduction by Lewis, reviewing his career, followed by three-page essay by Rothenstein on 'Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism'.

Autograph Letter Signed to J. Samson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society of Arts; together with carbon copy of the letter to which it is a reply.

Author: 
Sir Lawrence Gowing
Publication details: 
The letter 27 November 1962, on letterhead '17 PERCY STREET LONDON W1'; the carbon copy 15 November 1962.
£38.00

Painter and art historian (1918-91). The two items are both very good, attached to one another by a staple in a corner. The copy of Samson's letter (one page quarto, very good, on yellow paper) explains that the Society is 'endeavouring to arrange a course of three Cantor Lectures next Spring on modern philosophies - art, architecture and music', and invites him to deliver the first of these. Gives details of the fee, dates, etc. Gowing's letter: one page, octavo. 'I am honoured by your invitation to give the first of the Cantor Lectures next year. But I must refuse it - I'm very sorry.

Autograph Letter Signed to J. H. Roberts.

Author: 
Charles Aitken
Publication details: 
5 January 1928; on letterhead of the National Gallery, Millbank, S.W.1.
£50.00

Director of the Tate Gallery (1869-1936). 1 page, 8vo, grubby and creased, with otherwise-blank verso docketed and attached to piece of card. 'Both our funds and our space are extremely limited and Mr Warne Browne's 'Catch of Pilchards', though a pleasant subject picture, is scarcely of national importance and my Board would not consider purchasing it. | It might possibly be of interest for a local Museum such as the Truro Gallery or the Passmore Edwards Art Gallery, Newlyn. I am returning the reproduction | Yours very truly | Charles Aitken | Director'.

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