AESTHETIC

[ William Bruce Ellis Ranken, Scottish artist and aesthete. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William B E: Ranken.'), submitting his name for election to a 'well-known & important Society'.

Author: 
William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941), Scottish artist and aesthete
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Kings Road, S.W. [ London ] 20 December [ 1927 ].
£65.00

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.

Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Souhesk') from James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk [previously Sir James Carnegie of Kinnaird and of Pittarrow], advising John T. Baron of Blackburn on the publication of his poems.

Author: 
James Carnegie (1827-1905), 9th Earl of Southesk [Sir James Carnegie of Kinnaird and of Pittarrow], Scottish nobleman [John T. Baron of Blackburn, autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterhead of Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, N.B. 25 and 29 June 1883.
£150.00

Both letters in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter One (25 June 1883): 6pp., 12mo.

Substantial collection of press cuttings relating to the arts and crafts firm of F. B. Goodyer of 55 New Bond Street (The Aesthetic Gallery), assembled for the firm by press cuttings agencies. With a few photographs and other items of ephemera.

Author: 
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor) [Arts and Crafts Movement; funiture; fabrics; silk]
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor)
Publication details: 
From the firm's foundation in 1889 to 1947.
£950.00
The Aesthetic Gallery, 55 New Bond Street (F. B. Goodyer, proprietor)

Goodyer has long been recognised as a significant figure in the arts and crafts movement (see Adburgham's 'Shops and Shopping' and Aslin's 'Aesthetic Movement, Prelude to Art Nouveau'), but surprisingly little is known about him. A former partner in the firm of Liberty's, he founded his Aesthetic Gallery at 55 Bond Street in 1889. It specialized in 'English silks, cashmeres, velveteens, fans, cushions, handkerchiefs, table covers, and other dainty manufactures', and numbered Voysey among its suppliers.

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