Art and Architecture

[Eric Gill, sculptor and typographer] Two Signed Letters (one 'Eric Gill' and the other 'Eric Gill osd') to Lawrence Hodson, both in the same secretarial hand, regarding a woodcut 'set of stations'.

Author: 
Eric Gill [Arthur Eric Rowton Gill] (1882-1940), British sculptor, artist and typographer [Lawrence William Hodson (1865-1934), art connoisseur; Father Bernard Delaney (1890-1959), OP]
Publication details: 
On letterheads of Ditchling Common, Sussex. 3 November 1920 and 10 March 1921.
£400.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. The second letter addressed by the secretary on the reverse, with four torn stamps and postmarks, to 'Mr. Lawrence Hodson | Bradbourne Hall | Ashbourne | Derbyshire'. The 'set of stations' referred to in the first letter is likely to have been based on those executed by Gill in stone in Westminster Cathedral, and completed in 1918. Letter One (3 November 1920): 1p., 12mo.

Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
Henry Lamb (1883-1960), painter.
Publication details: 
Coombe Bissett, 1947, 1949.
£300.00

3 ALsS, all on letterheads of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury; 27 April and 25 May 1947, and 11 Oct. 1949, total 5pp., 12mo and 8vo. The first letter begins 'My sister Dorothy has told me of your idea of having a drawing of your husband. I shall be pleased to undertake this, though I regard it as the most exacting branch of my trade.' Describes in detail what the process would entail. The second cancels a sitting, 'Owing to a muddle about the future to which I am especially liable'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947), painter.
Publication details: 
Various places, 1916, 1917.
£250.00

2 ALsS, 7 Porthmeor Studio, St Ives, Cornwall; 15 Feb. 1916, 4pp., 4to; Wharf Studio, St Ives; 11 Dec. 1917. 4pp., 12mo.First: Beginning by thanking SL 'for "The Chorus". I feel a wretch beyond redemption & there are not enough excuses in St. Ives to meet the case - I had to get those two big portraits finished & off to the Nat. Portrait Soc: & a nightmare of a time it was I thought - I would never pull them out of Hell's seventh Ditch and up to Bond St - but there they are it appears'.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
Augustus John (1878-1961), artist.
Publication details: 
28 Mallord Street, Chelsea; 11 March 1923.
£125.00

ALS, on letterhead of 28 Mallord Street, Chelsea; 11 March 1923. Regarding an invitation, he cannot 'promise to come' as he is 'going to America very soon and in consequence my time is very crowded; - in addition, I am preparing for an exhibition at the end of the month'. With note by MG concerning the Lynd's home at 32 Queen's Gate.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sylvia Lynd, poet and novelist.

Author: 
Elizabeth Yeats (1868-1940), sister of W. B. Yeats, printer and publisher.
Publication details: 
Cuala Industries, Ltd, Churchtown, Dundrum, Co. Dublin; 23 November 1917
£400.00

ALS, on letterhead of Cuala Industries, Ltd, Churchtown, Dundrum, Co. Dublin; 23 November 1917, 2pp., 12mo. She asks SL to thank RL for working a notice of the book she is sending 'into column so well. Since that we have got a good many orders from quite fresh people. So it has already borne fruit - I am sending you our newest illuminated poem - I wish I could send it framed - but the difficulties of sending glass is [sic] great now - I am getting boxes'.

Manuscript inventory of 'Select Books' of drawings by the army officer and artist Lieut-Col. Robert Batty, with part of printed auction catalogue, containing his collection of paintings, priced.

Author: 
Lieut-Col. Robert Batty (1789-1848), English army officer and artist, son-in-law of John Barrow, Secretary of the Admiralty.
Publication details: 
Manuscript inventory: dated June 1919. Printed auction catalogue: Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 1887.
£400.00

Both items in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Item One: Pencil inventory of 'RB | Select Books' - i.e. volumes of drawings by Richard Batty, dated June 1919. 3pp., 8vo, with separate inventory on last page headed 'Book of Engravings | In Drawing Room'. Bifolium. The first item in the list of 'Select Books' reads 'no Cover 1817 April Lyons Genoa Florence Rome (May) to 24 June'. Last entry on p.3: '1832 IV, thick 26 Decr Dawlish & 23 Jany | Coaxden [sic] Hall May 23 | Chard Torquay (July) Plymouth Falmouth | Lands End St Michaels M[oun]t 15 July 1833'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, to 'Mr Sawyer', expressing Queen Elizabeth II's gratitude at the opportunity of purchasing a miniature book from the library of Queen Mary's Dolls' House.

Author: 
Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue (1931-2013), Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, 1972-1996 [Queen Mary's Dolls' House]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, St James's Palace. 31 August 1973.
£56.00

2pp., 4to. 20 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Geoffrey de Bellaigue'. He writes that he has had a reply to a letter (he has written to the Queen) 'concerning the miniature book entitled "Statesmen" which you purchased at the sale at Sothebys on 17 July 1972 (Lot 636)'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the equestrian painter Harry Hall [to the London printseller Dominic Colnaghi], regarding his work on a portrait of Sam Darling, and 'a picture of a hanimal' for the [Royal Academy] Exhibition.

Author: 
Harry Hall (1816-1882), English equestrian painter, chief artist of The Field [Dominic Colnaghi (1790-1879), London printseller; Sam Darling; Rudolph Ackermann]
Publication details: 
'Newmarket Sunday Morning [no year]'.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. On bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The last page docketed in pencil: 'Animal Painter | To D. Colnaghi'. He apologises for the fact that 'the portrait of Sam Darling that I have begun with a view of sending it up to you is but scarcely indicated and I amsure would rather lead you wrong than otherwise. He gave me but a short squint at his mug and went away with a promise to return but did not do so.

Autograph Letter Signed from the American artist Edwin Howland Blashfield to 'Mr. Thomas' [the playwright Augustus Thomas], regarding the National Institute of Arts and Letters [later the American Academy of Arts and Letters].

Author: 
Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936), American artist, President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters [Augustus Thomas (1857-1944), American playwright; American Academy of Arts and Letters]
Publication details: 
On his letterhead of 48 Central Park South, New York City. 14 November [1915?].
£120.00

1p., 12mo. 25 lines, neatly and tightly written. In good condition, lightly-aged, and with pin hole to one corner. Blashfield declares himself 'much disappointed' that Thomas will not be presiding 'at the joint meeting on the 17th. Nov.', stating that he has been urging 'from the beginning' that Thomas should 'so preside'.

[Printed pamphlet in French.] Lucien Achille Mauzan / 1883-1952 / affichiste . peintre . sculpteur / graveur . modéliste . décorateur . humoriste'.

Author: 
[Lucien Achille Mauzan (1883-1952), French Art Deco poster designer and decorative illustrator]
Lucien Achille Mauzan
Publication details: 
[Imprimerie Dardelet, Grenoble.] No date [1980s?].
£135.00
Lucien Achille Mauzan

8pp., 4to. In stiff printed wraps. Printed in black and white. Photographic portrait of the artist tipped-in as frontispiece, twenty illustrations in text, and loosely inserted in a wallet at the rear a facsimile (2pp., 8vo) of an article from the Argentine Magazine, Christmas 1929: 'How MAUZAN makes lively posters' by A. Lancelotti. Cover carries image of smiling fat black man shining his foot with a shoebrush, above facsimile of Mauzan's signature. Scarce: does not appear to be present in the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Leaf from the notebook of the Victorian artist George Cruikshank, carrying two pages of serious sketches, each signed by him 'Geo Cruikshank'.

Author: 
George Cruikshank (1792-1878), English caricaturist and illustrator
Leaf from the notebook of the Victorian artist George Cruikshank
Publication details: 
Undated, but on paper with watermarked date 1824.
£450.00
Leaf from the notebook of the Victorian artist George Cruikshank

In ink on both sides of a 4to leaf of wove paper, watermarked 'J GREEN & SON / 1824'. None of Cruikshank's drawing or writing is affected, but one corner of the leaf has been cut away, and there is another thin strip cut from another. Fair, on aged paper. One page carries a full-length drawing of a bearded athletic man in shorts and sandals, making a sweeping theatrical gesture with his right hand, and holding a spear in his left. Beneath the drawing is Cruikshank's signature, and a study of the left foot.

54 of John Carter's original engravings, from his own drawings, for his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' (1786-1793).

Author: 
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman
Publication details: 
All 54 captioned as 'Engrav'd & Pub'd' by John Carter between January 1786 and January 1791, successively at Wood Street and College Street, Westminster; and Hamilton Street, Hyde Park Corner; from drawings made by him between 1766 and 1785.
£450.00
John Carter (1748-1817), English architect and draughtsman

All 54 are printed on paper 12 x 9 cm. Each is captioned and numbered in roman numerals, with the first as III and the last as XCVII. Carter published his 'Views of Ancient Buildings in England' between 1786 and 1793, and the six volumes contained a total of 120 views. Those LACKING from this collection, in arabic numerals, are 1, 2, 6-10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 26, 36-38, 43, 48, 53, 57-59, 63-66, 69-71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 81-84, 90-94, 96, and 97-120.

Seven Autograph Letters Signed (five 'Glyn' and one 'Glyn Philpot') from the artist Glyn Philpot to the diplomat Ernest Frederick Gye.

Author: 
Glyn Philpot [Glyn Warren Philpot] (1884-1937), painter and sculptor [Ernest Frederick Gye (1879-1955), diplomat]
Glyn Philpot [Glyn Warren Philpot] (1884-1937), painter and sculptor
Publication details: 
One dated 1927 and another 1931; the others undated. Three from Lansdowne House, Holland Park, the others from London and Paris.
£600.00
Glyn Philpot [Glyn Warren Philpot] (1884-1937), painter and sculptor

The seven items in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper and with the last two with wear to extremities. ONE: 15 June 1929; on letterhead of Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Holland Park. 1 p, 4to. Accepting a dinner invitiation. 'I wish we did not meet so seldom, and after this long gap I hope we shall see each other more often'. TWO: 10 January 1931; on letterhead as One. 2 pp, 12mo. He is 'going to work in Paris a good deal this year - and shall often have occasion to take unfinished - or finished - things - pictures drawings - small sculpture to & fro between here & Paris'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W Brockedon') from the English painter William Brockedon to the collector Robert Cole, FSA, discussing autographs.

Author: 
William Brockedon (1787-1854), English painter [Robert Cole, FSA, London solicitor and autograph collector]
William Brockedon (1787-1854), English painter
Publication details: 
19 August 1844; 29 Devonshire Street, Queen Square [London].
£180.00
William Brockedon (1787-1854), English painter

12mo, 2 pp. 21 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He thanks him for his 'letter (Copy of Flora Macdonald)', and asks which letters he gave him 'of travellers'. 'Richard Lander I cannot give you. Of John I can & of poor Stothard - who was murdered at Bokarra [Bokhara] & of [Alexander] Burnes - but my impression is that I gave you those'. He has 'not heard again from ' and thinks that 'Miss Cole had better have the ring in her own possession - tis better than nothing'.

Collection of material relating to the designers and typographers Banks and Miles [Colin Banks; John Miles], assembled by Montague Shaw for his monograph on the firm.

Author: 
Banks and Miles, designers and typographers [Colin Banks (1932-2002); John Miles; Monty Shaw [Montague Shaw; the Post Office; British Telecom; London Underground]
Publication details: 
Dating from between 1988 to 1991.
£450.00

Monty Shaw's 'Banks and Miles: Thirty Years of Design Evolution' was supposedly published by Lund Humphries (London) in February 1993 but no copy can be found on the internet (one listed on WorldCat appears to be a ghost).. This collection, in a buff card folder, contains material relating to Shaw's monograph, grouped as follows: ONE.

[Printed pamphlet.] Catalogue. Landscapes in Oil and Water-colour by Ethelbert White. A New Carving, "Lazarus" and other Recent Sculpture by Jacob Epstein.

Author: 
[Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd, The Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London; Ethelbert White; Jacob Epstein]
Catalogue. Landscapes in Oil and Water-colour by Ethelbert White.
Publication details: 
March 1950; Claridge, Lewis & Jordan Ltd., 68-70 Wardour Street, W.1. [London]
£56.00
Catalogue. Landscapes in Oil and Water-colour by Ethelbert White.

16mo, 8 pp. On art paper. In yellow printed wraps printed in orange. Good, with minor spotting around staples. Thirty-six items by White on pp.2-5, preceded by a biographical note. Twenty-five items by Epstein on pp.6-7, headed by 'LAZARUS (Carving in Hopton Wood stone)'. Scarce: only two copies on COPAC, and none on viaLibri.

Autograph Card Signed from the Scottish artist Robert Macaulay Stevenson to his 'brother-artist' David Sassoon of Kirkcudbright. With signed print of a landscape by Stevenson.

Author: 
Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1854-1952), Scottish artist, associated with the 'Glasgow Boys' school [David Sassoon (1888-1978), Kirkcudbright artist]
Autograph Card Signed from the Scottish artist Robert Macaulay Stevenson
Publication details: 
'Kirkcudbright | Yuletide 1934'.
£75.00
Autograph Card Signed from the Scottish artist Robert Macaulay Stevenson

Dimensions of card 14.5 x 11 cm. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Cloudy print of landscape on recto of second leaf, signed in pencil 'R Macaulay Stevenson'. Neat pen inscription on recto of first leaf: 'My dear brother-artist Sassoon and dear Madame Sassoon this is just from Stansmore and myself to wish you a Merrie Christmas and a Happy New Year | [signed] R Macaulay Stevenson | Kirkcudbright | Yuletide 1934'.

Lithograph of drawing of Thomas Hardy by Sir William Rothenstein, from his series 'English Portraits' (1898), printed by Thomas Way.

Author: 
Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945) [Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer; Thomas Hardy]
Lithograph of drawing of Thomas Hardy by Sir William Rothenstein
Publication details: 
[Print published in 1898; drawing dated 1897.] ['T. WAY, IMPT. LONDON'.]
£135.00
Lithograph of drawing of Thomas Hardy by Sir William Rothenstein

Printed in black and white on piece of paper approximately 24.5 x 27.5 cm. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Tipped in into modern white card mount with window frame. From his series of 'English Portraits' (1898). A facsimile of Rothenstein's initials and his dating are in the bottom left-hand corner of the engraving ('W. x R 97'), with Way's slug in the bottom right-hand corner. Fine representation of Hardy, staring warily at the viewer with hands in pockets.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W. J. Newton') from the miniature painter Sir William John Newton to James Lakyn, regarding damage to his house in Argyle Street caused by building works.

Author: 
Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), miniature painter to King William IV and Queen Victoria [Richard Westmacott (1799-1872); Burrell & Valpy, architects]
Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), miniature painter to King William IV and Qu
Publication details: 
19 October 1864; 6 Argyle Street, London.
£60.00
Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), miniature painter to King William IV and Qu

12mo, 3 pp. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. 'Mr Westmacott [the sculptor Richard Westmacott the younger?]' has called on him, and he has 'shown him the settlement all down my Wall - I told him that you had seen it but did not contemplate any immediate danger - he said that Mr Valpy [Henry Valpy (fl.1851-1885) of the architects Burrell & Valpy] was out of town'. Westmacott will write to Valpy, as he thinks there ought to be 'a conference with' Lakyn, who 'should be requested to make a report'.

[Pamphlet] Le Corbusier. Architecture Town Planning Painting Sculpture Tapestry[.] An international exhibition First shewing in this country[.] Exhibition Guide.

Le Corbusier.
Publication details: 
No place or date [1950s?]
£325.00
Le Corbusier.

Four folding leaves (6 pages of print, probably mimeographed or similar), 12mo, unpaginated but apparently complete, one staple, illustrated cover with title as above, damage to spine, closed tears, contents good, two minor changes (including imitate changed to mitigate). Two galleries are mentioned in the text (containing works), the Wavertree Gallery, Bowring Gallery, and the Prince George Gallery. Wavertee suggests Liverpool, but I aait ilumination as to place. However the only copy recorded on COPAC and WorldCat finds itself in Cardiff (minimally described).

Woven silk portrait of Adolphe Thiers by J.-B. Champrony of Saint-Étienne, on printed backing, as a souvenir of the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1878.

Author: 
J.-B. Champromy, Fabricant à Saint-Étienne, Portraits et Cravates en Soie [Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1878; Adolphe Thiers]
Woven silk portrait of Adolphe Thiers by J.-B. Champrony of Saint-Étienne
Publication details: 
[Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1878.]
£125.00
Woven silk portrait of Adolphe Thiers by J.-B. Champrony of Saint-Étienne

[Stevengraph] Piece of silk, 7 x 11 cm, woven in red, white, blue, black and gold. Portrait of a bespectacled Thiers in an oval, draped with two French flags, with decorations including a quill and a book, and topped by castellated coronet and banner reading 'A. THIERS'. Woven beneath the portrait is 'LIBERATEUR DU TERRITOIRE | 1ER PRESIDENT DE LA REPUBLIQUE'. Laid down on original printed bookmark, reading 'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE | 1878 | GALERIE DU TRAVAIL | METIERS POUR RUBANS | PORTRAITS ET CRAVATES EN SOIE | J.-B. CHAMPRONY | FABRICANT A SAINT-ÉTIENNE'.

Original finished coloured comic drawing, showing a large penguin [Jan Tschichold?] dragging a bearded man [Montague Shaw?] who clutches a set of letters spelling 'Fabers', signifying the man's move from the publishers Faber & Faber to Penguin Books.

Author: 
[Montague Shaw, production manager, Faber & Faber Ltd; Jan Tschichold, typographer for Penguin Books]
Original finished coloured comic drawing
Publication details: 
[London.] 1966.
£200.00
Original finished coloured comic drawing

Dimensions 29 x 12 cm. Pasteboard mount, 31 x 14.5 cm. In blue, black and white. In good condition on lightly-aged paper. In front of a background of ricketty railings, a jolly bespectacled penguin [with Tschichold's sprightly eyes], with a Penguin book under his left arm, and preceded by a letter P and followed by an n, drags a bespectacled, bearded man (looking a little like a young Michael Bentine) towards the right of the drawing.

[Printed pamphlet.] Explication des Tableaux, Statues, Bustes, etc. composant les Galerie [sic] du Palais de la Chambre des Pairs de France.

Author: 
[Pierre Didot, l'ainé, printer; Musée national du Luxembourg, France ]
 Explication des Tableaux, Statues, Bustes, etc.
Publication details: 
A Paris, de l'Imprimerie de P. Didot l'Ainé, Imprimeur de la Chambre des Pairs de France, rue du Pont de Lodi, no 6. 1814.
£125.00
 Explication des Tableaux, Statues, Bustes, etc.

12mo, 72 pp. Stitched. In remains of original grey wraps, with front wrap present (though worn at extremities), but only a trace of rear wrap remaining. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with many dog-eared corners. An ephemeral item by one of the greatest of French printers: COPAC only lists three copies, at Oxford, University College London, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. None of these record the misprint in the title of 'les Galerie' for 'les Galeries', and it is not present in the Harvard copy either.

Autograph Letter Signed "Herbert Read", writer on art, to [Hugh] Massingham, journalist and editor, about a commisssion to wriite an essay on Coventry Patmore's works..

Author: 
Herbert Read (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art.
Autograph Letter Signed "Herbert Read"
Publication details: 
[Headed] 9 Tipperlin Road, Edinburgh, 2 June 1932.
£65.00
Autograph Letter Signed "Herbert Read"

One page, 12mo, good condition. ( Iwill try my hand at [Coventry] patmore, & am rather glad it is Patmore instead of Thomson, because he has so much more positive values. And I will try & get the essay done by June 21, though your brother in his original letter said June 30, which is rather better. I agree to the rate of payment, & though I don't press it, should be glad of payment on acceptance because I have to put other work aside to do the essay."

[Book; verse] Graphidae, or Characteristics of Painters [Inscribed by author]

Author: 
H.R. [Henry Reeve (see New DNB, 1813-1895), translator of de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, and editor of Greville's Diaries]
Publication details: 
Printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street [London], 1838.
£250.00

Privately Printed. [40]pp., 8vo, buckram gt, wear to spine and edges, faint foxing, hinge strain, front cover partly deatched, staining to edges inside covers. Inscribed by author, Mrs. Alfred Shaw [actress] with the Author's best regards. | September 1838.

Autograph Note Signed S Howitt to [William] Ford, Bookseller, Market Street Lane, Manchester [address panel on verso].about his etchings.

Author: 
Samuel Howitt, English painter, illustrator and etcher of animals, hunting, horse-racing and landscape scenes
Samuel Howitt, English painter,
Publication details: 
Tamworth, 31 Aug. 1809.
£125.00
Samuel Howitt, English painter,

One page, cr.8vo, two pinholes, text clear and complete: I did hope for a Line in amswer to mine by which I acquainted you I was Low - and it will oblige me if you will favor me with one to say if any of the Etchings are sold &c-- Jany 12. 1800 - 156 Etchings@ [1 gn?] selling price- | I thought myself favored by your taking them a Sale or Return - and I assure I am very sincerely ...

Nine Typed Letters Signed, one Typed Note Signed and one Autograph Card Signed (all eleven 'Nicolette') from the author and artist Nicolette Devas to the military historian Antony Brett-James.

Author: 
Nicolette Devas [née Macnamara; other married name Shephard] (1911-1987), author and artist [Antony Brett-James (1920-1984), military historian and Sandhurst lecturer]
Nicolette Devas
Publication details: 
[1960-74?] All from West London. Card postmarked 11 October 1960, on cancelled letterhead of Anthony Devas, 12 Carlisle Square. Three items (none with year) on letterhead 18 Wetherby Gardens; seven (two from 1974) on letterhead 68 Limerston Street.
£1,250.00
Nicolette Devas

Apart from the card (12mo, 1 p), totalling 4to, 10 pp; 12mo, 2 pp. All items in good condition, with text clear and complete, on lightly-aged paper. All post-1960. Two of the eleven (20 January and 13 June 1974) are fully dated by Devas; another four have day and month. The card from 1960 is the earliest item; the three from Wetherby Gardens date from between this point and Devas's second marriage to Rupert Shephard in 1965, and the seven from Limerston Street from after the marriage. A good-natured correspondence, written in a chatty style.

Autograph Letter Signed by Victorian artist Alfred Purchase, to 'H W R A [the Royal Academician Henry Weekes?]', containing a description of Tredegar in Wales and its young girls, and a pencil 'sketch of our valley looking towards Newport'.

Author: 
Alfred Purchase [Henry Weekes (1807-1877), Royal Academy; Tredegar and Newport, Gwent, Wales]
Autograph Letter Signed by Victorian artist Alfred Purchase
Publication details: 
'Tredegar Sunday' [1850s?].
£95.00
Autograph Letter Signed by Victorian artist Alfred Purchase

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 57 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Weekes is by far the most likely of the four Royal Academicians whose initials correspond to those of the recipient of this letter, the others being Henry Tamworth Wells (1828-1903); Henry Woods (1846-1921); Hubert Worthington (1886-1963). Well-written and entertaining letter, addressed to 'Dearest old Boy'. Begins with a discussions of the merits of 'Scilly as a sketching ground'.

Five coloured posters by Australian artist Ellis Silas, each in the style of a frieze or panorama, depicting eleven 'British' explorers, from the Cabot brothers to Captain Oates, before scenic backgrounds.

Author: 
Ellis Silas (1883-1972), Anglo-Australian artist, official war artist with ANZAC forces in the First World War [British poster art]
Ellis Silas (1883-1972), Anglo-Australian artist
Publication details: 
[1930s? Place and publisher not stated.]
£250.00
Ellis Silas (1883-1972), Anglo-Australian artist

The five posters, presumably produced for the classroom, are scarce, with no reference to them on the internet or elsewhere. They are attractively painted in a bold and vivid panoramic frieze style. Each carries a single illustration showing two (counting the Cabot brothers as one) explorers in front of groups of men, with a merged background behind them.

Two Autograph Letters Signed Bernard Rackham, ceramics expert, to Roderick D. Mackenzie.

Author: 
Bernard Rackham, sometime Keeper of the Dept of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum i
Two Autograph Letters Signed  Bernard Rackham
Publication details: 
[Headed notepaper] Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7, 22 & 29 December 1920
£56.00
Two Autograph Letters Signed  Bernard Rackham

Total 5pp., 12mo, minimal marking, good condition. [Letter One, 22nd] He discusses his correspondent's offer of a gift through the [National Art Collection] Fund three Chinese ridge-tiles of the Ming Dynasty. He says that they would like to examine the tiles before formal acceptance and would send a packer from Marlow. He suggests a time. [Letter Two, 29] He apologises for not having understood the nature of the tiles (blaming the Secretary of the Fund), and anticipates their being brought in as suggested. Two items.

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