WITT

[Sir Robert Witt, art historian and co-founder of the Courtauld Institute.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robert C. Witt') regarding the approach to be taken 'for the purchase of the Velasquez', i.e. the Rokeby Venus, now in the National Gallery.

Author: 
Sir Robert Witt [Sir Robert Clermont Witt] (1872-1952), art historian, co-founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London [Diego Velasquez; Rokeby Venus; National Gallery]
Publication details: 
19 November 1905. 27 Connaught Square, Hyde Park, [London] W. On letterhead of the Union Society, Oxford.
£250.00

For information on the campaign to save the Rokeby Venus for the nation, see Charles Saumarez Smith, 'The Battle for Venus', Spectator, 10 November 2003. 4pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. With one fold.

[ Printed item. ] Burlington Fine Arts Club. Catalogue of a Collection of Counterfeits, Imitations and Copies of Works of Art.

Author: 
'R. C. W.' [ Sir Robert C. Witt, editor; Burlington Fine Arts Club ]
Publication details: 
London: Privately Printed for the Burlington Fine Arts Club. 1924. [ Printed in England at the Oxford University Press by Frederick Hall ]
£50.00

112pp., 4to. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped printed grey wraps, with slight tape staining at foot of spine. An elegant production, on good paper, with catalogue of 329 items in the fields of pictures, drawings, furniture, carpets, metalwork, ceramics and sculpture, preceded by list of contributors, bibliography. and seventeen-page introduction by a variety of specialists.

[George Witt, FRS, introducer of the Turkish bath into Britain.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Aldous', regarding 'a fresh Bath' at 'the excavations at Pompeii'.

Author: 
George Witt (1804-1869), banker, physician, Fellow of the Royal Society, and introducer of the Turkish bath into Britain
Publication details: 
22 Prince's Terrace [Hyde Park, London]. 17 March 1861.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with strip from mount adhering to the blank reverse. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I start off for Italy tomorrow morning - I hear that in the excavations at Pompeii they have come upon a fresh Bath. | Many thanks for your Books which I now return by Book Post.' Annotated at foot in pencil: 'introducer of the Turkish bath'.

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