[Sir William Orpen asks Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope to help make a doll's house for the Daily Mirror characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Orpen') to 'Sir Arthur', explaining the project on behalf of the Daily Mirror.

Sir William Orpen [Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen] (1878-1931), RA, Irish artist based in London [Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857-1940), RA, portraitist; Daily Mirror; Pip, Squeak and Wilfred]
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On letterhead of 8 South Bolton Gardens, S.W. [London] 1 March 1929.

1p., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tissue mounts adhering to blank reverse. The subject is the dolls house 'Mirror Grange', made for the Daily Mirror's comic characters Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir Arthur – I have been asked by “The Daily Mirror” to write to you to find out if you would help them with their Dolls House which is to tour the country to collect money for charity. | The House is designed by Maxwell Ayrton | Decorations by Sherringham [sic, for George Sheringham]'.

[ Michael Arlen, English author of Armenian extraction. ] Autograph Signature ('Michael Arlen') on note to the author Sewell Stokes.

Michael Arlen [ born Dikran Kouyoumdjian ] (1895-1956), Anglo-American author, born in Bulgaria of Armenian extraction [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
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14 Queen Street, Mayfair [ London ]. October 1924.

1p., 4to. The leaf is divided into four panels by a central horizontal crease; Arlen writes on the upper panel of one page, the rest of the leaf being blank. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Arlen writes neatly at the centre of the panel: 'Dear Sewell Stokes | Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. | Yrs. | Michael Arlen.' And at top left: '14 Queen St. | Mayfair. | October, 1924.' At the time of writing the precocious Stokes was an assistant editor at T.P.'s Weekly. 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' was a cartoon which ran in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1956.

[Printed item relating to the Wilfredian League of Gugnuncs children's club, an offshoot of the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred comic strip in the Daily Mirror and Sunday Pictorial.] Third Gugnunc Sing-Song. Souvenir Programme 1929.

'Uncle Dick' [Bertram Lamb (1889-1938), author of the Pip, Squeak & Wilfred comic in the Daily Mirror, and patron of the Wilfredian League of Gugnuncs [Austin Bowen Payne (1876-1956), illustrator]
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Event at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 11 May 1929. 'Organised by "The Daily Mirror." Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane, London, E.C.4.'

8pp., 12mo. Stapled. Printed in blue on shiny art paper, in cream card wraps, also printed in blue, and tied with blue and white ribbon. On aged and worn paper. With illustrations in text, including a half-page image of the 'Pip, Squeak & Wilfred Jig-Saw Puzzle'. The first page carries a message to 'My Dear Boys and Girls' from 'Uncle Bill', including: 'To-day's Gugnunc Party - our third - is particularly interesting as it is also a birthday party.

Ink cartoon of Payne's penguin 'Squeak', signed 'A B Payne' and created for the autograph collector J. H. Roberts.

Austin Bowen Payne (1876-1956), Welsh cartoonist best-known for his creations 'the pets': 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' which featured in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1955.
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Dated 1926 by Payne.

Very good, c.9 x 16cms, neatly mounted on larger piece of card. Full length drawing of 'Squeak', holding a letter, with the envelope on the floor, and shouting to Payne's baby rabbit 'WILFRED! - WHERE ARE YOU? MR J. H. ROBERTS WANTS YOUR AUTOGRAPH!' Signed beneath the speech bubble 'A B Payne - | 26'. According to one authority 'Fans of 'the pets' included Prince Charles, Spike Milligan, Peter Cushing and Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond'.

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