Art and Architecture

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Middleton Walker'.

Author: 
Constance Williams
Publication details: 
No date (but docketed 'probably 1886'); '1, Campden House | W.'
£23.00

Two pages, 12mo. Very good. She is sorry that her correspondent should have 'taken the trouble to call twice & have found me out, but I am working at the school just now, & am very not returning as a rule until the evening | So I trust you will excuse my calling with kind regards to yourself & Mr. Middleton Walker'. Signed 'Constance Williams' and docketed in pencil, 'a very clever sculptor in wood'. Not traced.

Autograph Letter Signed to Miss Manook.

Author: 
Sir James Drogmole Linton, R.A.
Publication details: 
27 December 1910; on letterhead '26, New Cavendish Street, | Portland Place, W.'
£35.00

British artist (1840-1916). One page, 12mo. Folded twice. Very good, on somewhat discoloured paper with crease to one corner. Reads 'I return you the cards signed. I regret I cannot do a sketch as it has rained requests of a similar nature this Xmas & I am now obliged to refuse with many thanks for all your good wishes'. Signed 'James Linton'.

Autograph note signed to unnamed female correspondent.

Author: 
Frank Reynolds [PUNCH MAGAZINE]
Publication details: 
Without date; on letterhead '52, COURTFIELD GARDENS, | WEST EALING. W.'
£25.00

English illustrator (1876-1953), best-known for his work in 'Punch'. One page, 12mo. Very good. Folded once, and with one closed tear in crease. 'Many thanks for the good wishes and the horse shoe'. Signed 'Frank Reynolds'. Docketed in ink on reverse.

Autograph Letter Signed to <?>.

Author: 
William Thomas Fry
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£56.00

English engraver (1789-1843). Two pages, 12mo. Edges trimmed (with some loss to text), lightly creased and with some damage to head. Asks if the recipient has in his collection a print of Horace Walpole. 'If you have will you let me see it for , with price marked, will either return it or send the Money, Business preventing my <?> out <?> [...] Impressions of the Vandicke, should you have any grand Heads after that Master I should listen to see soon'. Signed 'W. F. Fry'. Docketed at head 'Mr Fry Engraver'.?>

Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Collins'.

Author: 
Robert Shapland Carew, First Baron Carew of Castle Boro
Publication details: 
Woodstown | Waterford | Oct 10' [no year but post 1823].
£40.00

Irish aristocrat (1787-1856). One page, 12mo. In good condition, but with slight staining at head and traces of grey-paper mount on reverse. 'Lord Carew has this day received Mr Collins letter - | Mr. Holmes shall have every facility of engraving from Lord & Lady Carews Portraits, on his calling here.'

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Sir Ernest George
Publication details: 
January 1881; on letterhead 'CROWN HILL, | NORWOOD. S.E.'
£40.00

Architect and engraver (1839-1922). One page, 12mo. With mourning border. In good condition, but with evidence of previous mounting on brown paper on reverse. Addressed to 'Dear Doctor'. He thanks him for his 'kind care of us' ('your crippled patient gave you much trouble') and asks him to accept a copy of his 'Belgium' ('Etchings in Belgium. With descriptive letterpress', 1878), which he is sending through the '' and 'will probably arrive someday'. Signed 'Ernest George'. Docketed in ink on reverse.

Latin among Lions: Alvaro Guevara.

Author: 
Diana Holman-Hunt.
Publication details: 
First Edition, London, 1974.
£50.00

Very good in dustjacket. INSCRIBED by author "Diana Holman-Hunt". She has also added the words "especially you" to her printed expression of gratitude to anyone who helped.

Autograph Signatures on fragment of document.

Author: 
James Ward, William Collins, Edward Francis Finden, George Hyde and Philip Hill
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£35.00

Collins (1788-1847) and Ward (1769-1859) were all artists. Finden (1791-1857) was an engraver. Paper dimensions roughly five inches by four and a half inches. Folded once and with slight discoloration, but in good condition overall. Reads 'James Ward RA. | Edwd. F. Finden | William Collins. | Geo Hyde | Upper Norton St | Philip Hill | 6. Greek Street'.

Signature clipped from document

Author: 
David Roberts
Publication details: 
n.d.
£45.00

Scottish painter (1796-1864).Good Signature of Roberts and others (Calder Marshall and Witherington and one illegible).clipped from an appeal to the Artists' Benevolent Fund.

Autograph Signatures on fragment of letter.

Author: 
William Behnes and Sir William Charles Ross
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

Behnes (died 1864) was a sculptor of high renown. Ross (1794-1860) was a miniature painter whose work includes portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Paper dimensions roughly 4 1/2 inches by 2 inches. In good condition. Reads 'William Behnes | W. C. Ross'. On verso 'my Apartments, should <...> | to the utmost of my hop <...> | be inadequate to extricat <...>'.

Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs. O'Donnell'.

Author: 
Paul George Konody
Publication details: 
17 October 1917; on blind-stamped letterhead 'I 3, THE ALBANY, | PICCADILLY, W, 1.'
£25.00

Konody (1872-1933) was a well known art critic, and Art Director of the Canadian War Memorials from 1916 to 1919. He was also connected with the British Pavillon at the Venice Biennale. One page, 12mo, on grey paper. In good condition. Verso of blank second leaf of bifoliate attached to piece of paper. Now that he knows he will be in town the following weekend he can accept her invitation to lunch at the Whitefriars Club at 1.45. Signed 'P. G. Konody'.

Autograph Signatures.

Author: 
Sir William Beechey and John Young
Publication details: 
Without date (c. 1798?) or place.
£25.00

Beechey (1753-1839) was a member of the Royal Academy, and portrait painter to Queen Charlotte. Young (1755-1825) was a mezzotint engraver. Paper dimensions roughly four inches square. Folded twice. In good condition on paper somewhat grubby at edges. Good clear signatures: 'W. Beechey R. A. - | Jno. Young.' Beechey was knighted and elected to the Royal Academy in 1798.

Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Thomas Hughes

Author: 
Arthur Stratton
Publication details: 
On letterhead '88, GOWER STREET, | LONDON, W.C.1.'; 6 December 1928.
£40.00

Architect, teacher and antiquary (1872-1955). One page, 4to, folded twice, in very good condition. He thanks him for sending 'the drawing of your commercial buildings'. He is working from it, and will return it shortly. Those at the school appear 'satisfied with the new gymnasium'. 'Good progress is being made with the main building.'

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
William Behnes
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£15.00

English sculptor (1791-1864). Dimensions of paper roughly 4 inches by 1 inch. In very good condition. Large, slightly smudged signature on one side in blue ink. Reverse, in different ink and apparently in another hand, reads '<...> may I presume to solicit your favour fo<...> | as increasing Age naturally brings on in<...>'.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Richard Westmacott
Publication details: 
26 November 1844; no place.
£22.50

English sculptor (1775-1856). Dimensions of paper roughly 5 inches by 1 inch. In good condition. Reads '<...> | Recommended /on unexceptionable testimonials/ by | Richd Westmacott: | Nov 26/1844.'

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Richard Westmacott
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£20.00

English sculptor (1775-1856). Dimensions of paper roughly 4 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. In good condition. Reads '<...> I am Gentlemen | Your obt. & humble St. | Richd Westmacott'.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Harry Furniss.
Publication details: 
30 April [1890].
£50.00

Cartoonist. One page, 8vo, in blue crayon [?] smudged and slightly soiled. Text as follows: Punch Table // Dr. Sir/ I have had the opinion of the Punch staff & without hesitation all agree there is nothing whatever of Leech in it, neother the design, drawing or writing. There is not a touch of Leech in it . . ." [Several words underlined for emphasis.]

8 Autograph Letters Signed by [two different?] J. B. Fraser[s?] to the artist Shirley Slocombe.

Author: 
R. D. & J. B. Fraser, of Ipswich, Felixstowe & Dieppe. [ANTIQUES, FURNITURE]
Publication details: 
1899-1907.
£50.00

The firm, apparently antique dealers (although it also bought and sold false teeth), was established in 1833. All items are addressed to Slocombe, with whom the family (to whom he was perhaps related by marriage?) were clearly on intimate terms. Grubby, dusty, creased, dogeared and with several closed tears. The first six letters are from J. B. Fraser, the first four being on the letterhead of 'R. D. & J. B. FRASER, LIMITED.' ('ESTABLISHED IN THE REIGN OF WILLIAM IV.') Letter 1 (Ipswich, 4 Jan 1899, 4 pages, 8vo), from J. B. Fraser, concerns 'Edith', who is recovering from illness.

Illustrated ticket to 'Smoking Evening', addressed in manuscript to 'Mr. W. Dalziel' (the engraver William Dalziel, 1805-1873?).

Author: 
Society of British Artists.
Publication details: 
Suffolk St. | Pall Mall | East | Decr. 9th. | 8 o'clock' [no year, but pre-1887].
£45.00

Dimensions roughly 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches. Must predate 1887, when the prefix 'Royal' was added. Amusing modern-looking cartoon-style illustration by 'F C' of furious pipe-smoking pianist jumping up to hammer the keys, with his hair forming into the 'S' of 'Society', with moustachioed cigar-smoking tweedy individual in front of piano being hit in face by whisky tumbler.

Life of Thomas Wrightson 1839-1921.

Author: 
Jocelyn B. Wrightson, ed.
Publication details: 
[152 Kensington Church Street, London:] Privately printed at the Favil Press. [1939]
£150.00

4to. [vi] + 131 pages. In original yellow binding, grubby and stained, gilt on spine faded. Handsome production on fine paper. Frontispiece, 18 illustrations and pedigree. PRESENTATION COPY from the editor (the subject's son) to his mother-in-law, with accompanying letter (1 page, 16mo, 29 December 1939, on letterhead 'NEASHAM HALL, NR. DARLINGTON.').

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "The Medical Works of Hippocrates" trans. John Chadwick and W.N. Mann (Oxford, 1950), in good condition in chipped and torn dj, label of bookseller at base of inside front cover. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in good condition, inside front cover of "The Fatal Illness of Frederick the Noble" by Sir Morell Mackenzie (London, 1988), good condition, previous owner's initials on front ep, enclosing note from the firnd who gave Asherson the book (Graydon Hume) and another in Asherson's hand describing this gift. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Disraeli" by the Earl of Cromer (London, 1912), sl. hinge strain, ow. good condition, former owner's inscription and bookseller's label, From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in good condition, inside front cover of "Selected Writings of Sir William Osler" (OUP, 1951), mainly good condition in soiledand sl. chipped dj, with one small tear. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Rats Lice and History" by Hans Zinsser (London, 1935), covers marked but mainly good condition, no dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England" by D'Arcy Power and W.R. Le Fanu (London, 1953), mainly good condition, no dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "The Physical Background of Perception" by E.D. Adrian (Oxford, 1947), good condition in frayed dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Autograph Letter Signed "E.U. Eddis", to Sir W. Ross.

Author: 
Eden Upton Eddis.
Publication details: 
78 Newman Street, Friday, no date (watermark 1843).
£45.00

Two pages, 8vo, browned and with tear at fold, but text clear and complete. He describes how someone called to ask him to buy benefit tickets for a charitable purpose. He declined on principle, but noticed later an address and decided to write to that address to explain that he would wish to help anyone in whom his correspondent took an interest. He encouraged another visit from the original agent. [Presumably the fact that Ross (DNB) was a fellow-artist influenced his course of action.]

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
John Boultbee
Publication details: 
Loughbro. ye 9th. March 1786'.
£85.00

English equestrian artist (1753-1812). 1 page, 8vo. In poor condition: creased, frayed and torn. He has that morning received from his correspondent's servant 'the sum of sixteen Pounds nine shillings payment for your Pictures'. He will send them 'by the first conveyance' and hopes they will please. 'If any alteration should be necessary should be glad to make it at any time'. Signed 'J. Boultbee'. A postscript states that he has returned 'by your servant the Ballance from the Bill of twenty Pounds'. Docketed on reverse with date of receipt, sum paid to 'J.

Four Autograph Notes Signed to "Mr Henry" (1917. 1919) and Mrs Henry (1927).

Author: 
Philip Connard.
Publication details: 
Little Sutton (x1), 17a Whiteheads Grove, Chelsea (x3),1917 (x1), 1919 (x2), 1927 (x1).
£85.00

Artist (see DNB), official war artist to Royal Navy (Ist WW), etc. Total 4pp, 8vo, good condition.(1917) He mentions Henry's illness and suggests that he continue the portrait when he returns from the States. (1919) Thanks ("It is good of you to give to A.B.F."). "The title is all right & settled long ago ". He sends tickets for a Private View at the RA and ASBI dinner hoping he will be his guest. (1927) He accepts a dinner invitation from Mrs Henry and suggests a game of golf ("if so will will he [Mr Henry] come with me to Royal Wimbledon"). Four items,

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