Art and Architecture

Autograph Letter Signed to [Martin] Tupper, miscellaneous writer (1810-1889)[?].

Author: 
R. Seeley (Robert Benton Seeley).
Publication details: 
54 Fleet Street, 20 Sept. 1871.
£65.00

Publisher, philanthropist and author (1798-1886). Two pages, 8vo, bifoliate, good condition. "Dear Mr. Tupper,/ I hope to send you a proof tomorrow./ I am afraid we shall have to throw Foley over altogether, as we shall probably begin a new series next year in place of the "English Artists"./ I almost think we are full for the next three numbers, but if there should be space for the short articles you mention [page 2] I will let you know . . ."

Autograph letter signed to R. Ackermann.

Author: 
W.H. Watts.
Publication details: 
21 Cecil Street, Strand, 12 June 1811.
£85.00

Journalist and miniature painter (1776-1842).

Document signed.

Author: 
Paul Colnaghi.
Publication details: 
London, 7 July 1798
£150.00

Print dealer (1751-1833).

typed letter signed to Nancy Huntly

Author: 
Sir Gerald Kelly
Publication details: 
1p, 8vo, 6 May 1955, on letterhead 117 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, W1
£45.00

English painter and President of the Royal Academy. 'It was kind of you to feel indignant that some young modern went out of his way to be critical of my work. I do not think that it is very important; he doesn't like my pictures and probably I shouldn't like his! | I think it is awkward for the Hertford Art Society, who have gone out of their way to invite certain people to exhibit on the grounds that [this] would increase the number of people who would visit the exhibition. I don't think they can have it both ways. | I will not mention your name to anybody.'

autograph signature

Author: 
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
Publication details: 
fragment of letter, [1935]
£20.00

Ecclesiastical architect. Signed 'Giles Gilbert Scott' beneath typewritten 'Yours sincerely,'. Neatly stuck beneath this is 'Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, R.A.' printed in copperplate (from the letterhead?). The fragment is about one inch by two and a half inches. Docketed in pencil 1935.

autograph letter signed to James Hartford

Author: 
Samuel Lambert, S. L. & Co., varnish makers [Pratt & Lambert?]
Publication details: 
2pp, 8vo, 17 August 1892, on printed letterhead headed 'From S. L. & Co.'
£100.00

Long and unusually entertaining account 'Re Varnish', addressed to an American correspondent. A fascinating insight into the nature of Victorian entrepreneurship. 'It has long been an idea of mine that of all the Trades the most profitable one is Varnish [...] the Germans, clever as they are, can't make Varnish at all [...] nor for that matter can the Americans'.

autograph letter signed to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Beatrice Mildmay
Publication details: 
2pp, 16mo, 17 March 1898, on letterhead 46 Berkeley Square, W.
£20.00

Sister of the M.P. Francis Bingham Mildmay. 'I am afraid we shall not be able to avail ourselves of your most kind invitation to view your portraits as we leave town for good on Friday. I shall hope to see your Portrait of Lady Milton, later on.' In a letter of 9 January 1898 F. B. Mildmay refers to Slocombe's 'most kind invitation to view your portraits'.

autograph letter signed to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Francis Bingham Mildmay
Publication details: 
2pp, 16mo, 9 January 1898, on embossed letterhead 'Chatsworth, Chesterfield'
£35.00

English politician. 'Are not the editors of the Sporting & Dramatic News going to make any use of your drawings? & if not, would there be any possibility of your being able to let my sister have the pencil sketch you made of her? She would value it very much. | We have been hard at work acting here, & all went off very well.'

autograph letter in the third person to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Duchess of Leeds
Publication details: 
3pp, 16mo, 11 August 1904, on letterhead 11 Grosvenor Crescent, S.W.
£20.00

She 'cannot apologise enough for having left his letter of May 29th so long unanswered'. It was supposed to be answered 'on her return from Italy' but was mislaid. She hopes Slocombe will 'forgive the unintentional rudeness'.

three autograph letters signed to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Sir Edward Maunde Thompson
Publication details: 
all three 16mo: first in pencil, 3pp, on British Museum letterhead, Mayfield, 1 November 1908; second, 2pp, Mayfield, Sussex, Xmas 1910; third, 1p, Mayfield, Sx. 29 December 1912
£45.00

Director and Principal Librarian of the British Museum (DNB). The first on dusty discoloured paper with closed tears to edges. Thanks Slocombe for having 'thought of me' and apologises for writing in pencil. Has been 'knocked over by a rather severe attack from which I am only slowly recovering'. The second and third letters are both replies to the Slocombes for seasonal expressions of goodwill and both are docketed in pencil by Slocombe. Three items,

Autograph letter signed to John Graham Lough, sculptor (DNB).

Author: 
Peter Coxe.
Publication details: 
16 Wilmot Street, 15 June 1831.
£100.00

Poet and auctioneer (d.1844). Four pages, 4to, with many changes in his hand, especially on first page (draft?), good condition. He argues that the poem he is sending Lough, "Social Day" [which he published in 1823] contains no rhymes about Lough's sculptures because he couldn't do them justice. He adds more (and more!) compliment, referring to specific works (Samson, David,Mazeppa, etc.), waxing poetical. He wishes him health "to pursue [his] exertions" and remain an ornament to his country.

ALS, 3pp, 8vo, to Malcolm MacKenzie

Author: 
Dorothy Brooks
Publication details: 
4 May 1950, Applegarth Studio, Augustus Rd, W14
£50.00

On two letterheads of the West African Writers and Artists Club, 129 Camberwell Rd. Major Shepheard has suggested that correspondent might supply contacts for the Club. Describes the Club's activities and lists the names of thirteen Gold Coast students from a recent British Council exhibition, whose addresses she asks for, along with the names of others from Nigeria. Two items,

Autograph Postcard Signed to Roger Thornton.

Author: 
David Leach.
Publication details: 
Lowerdown Pottery, no date.
£45.00

Potter. Good condition, text as follows: "Dear Roger Thornton, / I hope the enclosed will suffice. Thank you for all the nice things you say in your letter. I will try to go on a little longer making pots as well as I know how if they really give pleasure."

Autograph letter signed to the engraver and antiquary [Frederick William] Fairholt (1814-1866),

Author: 
Joseph Durham
Publication details: 
7 May [docketed 1857], 21 Devonshire Street.
£75.00

2 pp, 12mo. "Dear Fairholt / I could not get down to you last evening, tho' I tried very much - / I will correct any circulars you may be good enough to write for Hone and get it printed and sent out can you furnish a list of archaeological assns. members & institute & the address of the F.S.A.'s - I am without the present lists of either [...] Hone is dreadfully hard up and every day is of much value to him in this affair - / Faithfully yours / Josh Durham" A strip has been torn along one of the margins very close to the text, causing negligible loss to it.

Autograph Letters Signed (x 3) to “Smith”.

Author: 
Albert Way.
Publication details: 
No date.
£120.00

Antiquary (1805-1874). 2pp. ea., 8vo, damp-staining and other marksbut text still legible. He is returning some “cuts” lent by the Sussex Society and enclosing “eight blocks for the Catalogue of the Chichester Museum”. He wants his correspondent to follow up on a “cut”. In another letter, he makes suggestions for the improvement of a “proof of the Ark” and requests a book. In the other letter, he says that he is sending “the continuation ofChichester Catalogue” and someone else will send “the greater part of thewoodcut blocks”. He asks for a “cut” to be sent to the printer. 3 items,

Christmas Greetings from Andrew Block

Author: 
Edward Anthony Craig
Publication details: 
1931
£30.00

Theatre historian, wood engraver, etc. four pages, 8vo, (250 copies, numbered in pencil)with a poem by John Gawsworth and a device including Block's name on the front cover by "Edward Carrick" (pseud. for Edward Anthony Craig). Three copies, EACH,

Autograph Letter Signed "Phillips", to “Cooper”.

Author: 
Thomas Phillips.
Publication details: 
02/06/26
£30.00

Artist (1770-1844). 2pp., 8vo, good. “Clifford Holroyd” has asked him to put his case “before the Directors of The Artists G.B.[General Benevolent] Fund” at Cooper’s instigation. He requests information about Holroyd, and concludes by saying how useful this example proves the Fund.

Autograph Postcard Signed to Holman Hunt (DNB).

Author: 
Henry Woods.
Autograph Postcard Signed to Holman Hunt
Publication details: 
No date.
£25.00
Autograph Postcard Signed to Holman Hunt

Painter. He accepts an invitation to lunch.

Autograph Letters Signed (x2) to Robert C. Murray.

Author: 
Ewan Christian
Publication details: 
10 and 18 June 1892.
£80.00

Architect (1814-1895). 1 and 2pp., 8vo, good, discussing Murray’s specifications for the St Bride’s Foundation which, initially, he has to study. He eventually decides that, subject to minor changes, he will be able to recommend them. Christian was the architect for the National Portrait Gallery and architectto the Ecclesiastical Commission.2 items,

Autograph Letters, quantity, to “J.H. Roberts”,.

Author: 
A.J. Warne-Browne
Publication details: 
27 June-1 Nov. 1894.
£150.00

Painter. 4 ALSs, 2-3pp., 8vo, good. He asks for payment for a picture so that he can pay rent arrears, reports of his progress with his pictures, “the two Dartmoor streams”. He later talks of other pictures in which Roberrts has an interest (“Mermaid”, “Kennack Bay”, “Cadgwith [Cove]” and others) and his constant need for money. 4 items,

Autograph Note, third person, to “Dr Wynne”.

Author: 
Lord Ashburnham.
Publication details: 
16/03/99
£25.00

Collector (1760-1830). One page, 8vo, good, giving himpermission to view his pictures.

Autograph Notes Signed to "Mrs Cash".

Author: 
W.B. Richmond
Publication details: 
Hammersmith, Undated and 12 March 1888.
£40.00

Painter (1842-1921). 2 ANSs, 8vo, good. In the first letter, he says that he has rested and feels able to continue with the sittings. In the second, he asks if he can exhibit her portrait at the “Grosvenor”. 2 items,

Autograph Note Signed to "Mills".

Author: 
R.L. Hobson.
Publication details: 
Brit. Mus., No date.
£35.00

British Museum ceramics expert. One page, 8vo, good. He passes comment on a blue and a yellow pot, dating them, and giving the countries of origin of the yellow pot.

Autograph Letter Signed to Eliott O'Donnell, author ("Werewolves", etc.)

Author: 
P.G. Konody.
Publication details: 
The Albany, Piccadilly, W., 13 Sept. 1917.
£35.00

Art Critic and author. Two pages, 8vo, partly laid downm fold mark, good condition. He says he can do nothing "about the pictures" of which O'Donnell had sent a list. "They are not of sufficient interest and, I fear, of little value. Anyway they would not do for the man for whom I am forming a collection." He anticipates lunch.

Autograph Letter Signed to A. Edmund Spender.

Author: 
F. Carruthers Gould.
Publication details: 
3 Endsleigh Street, Tavistock Square, W.C., 4 Sept. 1907.
£45.00

Cartoonist. Four pages, 8vo, good condition. He is enthusiastic about the idea of a "Press visit to Devon" but thinks that the sort of journalist he calls the "boozy bounder" should not go. He names people who would help, including aristocrats and literary figures.

Typed Letter Signed by Dunstan Powell, Partner in John Hardman & Co., Artists in Stained Glass, to Canon Chesshire.

Author: 
John Hardman & Co.
Publication details: 
Piccadilly/ Newhall Hill, Birmingham, 14 March 1919.
£50.00

Two pages, 4to, good condition. Ref. "Stourport", Powell is sending the "sketch" of a window (enclosed), giving subjects and making suggestions ("I thought the Ark would come well"). He has worked less bcecause of the light on this than on the "war memorial". He discusses the list of "angel subjects for your side aisle windows" (present as a third typed page), apart from themes which should have a window ti themselves. He favours fewer subjects, confirms that the Old Testament goes on the North aisle, New of the South.

Signtaure (clipped)

Author: 
John Julius Angerstein.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£20.00

Anglo-Russian collector of paintings whose collection formed the basis of the National Gallery collection. Clipped signature, c.3.5 x 1", "I am Sir Your [?] / J.J. Angerstein"

Autograph letter signed to John Burke, Irish genealogist.

Author: 
Henry Gally Knight.
Publication details: 
Lower Grosvenor St., 13 July 1841.
£65.00

Traveller, antiquary, writer on architecture (1786-1846). One page, 8vo with added page of verse, nick not affecting text, good. He responds to a request by sending an impression of a seal [not present] "which bears the armorial ensigns of the two families which I represent" - which he expands on.

Autograph note signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Bernard Partridge.
Publication details: 
Park Lodge, Church Street, Chelsea, 27 Oct. 1912.
£45.00

(1861-1945). "First Cartoonist" for Punch (1909-1945). "In reply to your enquiry I am afraid I cannot furnish you with any names of artists wanting ideas for humorous drawings. The only thing would be to apply to any artists who do such work & take your chance."

Autograph letter signed to "Jim" (J. T? Molony).

Author: 
F. Carruthers Gould.
Publication details: 
3 Endsleigh Street, Tavistock Square, W.C., 30 Oct. 1913.
£45.00

Cartoonist (1844-1925). Two pages, 8vo, fold marks but text good and clear. "My dear Jim,/ Broken out in a new place, have you? Well, I'll see what I can do to help. Just at present I am entirely out of my book plate, and as the block has been damaged I shall have either to get a new one made or design a new one. I hope to do this soon and will send you samples. I may have some other Ex Libris amongst my papers and if I come across any I will send them on to you./ Grace has come back from Porlock . . .". He concludes on health matters.

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