File NLW MS 23851D. - Augustus John letters

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NLW MS 23851D.


Augustus John letters


  • [1904]-1958 (Creation)

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69 ff.

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Some fifty letters and postcards, [1904]-1958, from Augustus John to various correspondents, containing mainly personal news.
The correspondents include Lady Margot Asquith, [?1925]-1929 (ff. 1-3), Simon Asquith, [1948]-1958 (ff. 4-19), Nicandra McCarthy (later Hood), 1946-1953 (ff. 21-34 verso), Dorelia McNeill, [July 1904]-1923 (ff. 35-40), John Quinn, [1909]-1910 (ff. 41-48), Margaret Sampson, [March 1907] (ff. 49-50), and Stuart Wilson, [1949]-[?1958] (ff. 53-67). The volume contains poetry by John, [1904]-[1930s] (ff. 36-39 verso, 51, 68-69), including a ballad and sonnets addressed to Dorelia, [July 1904] (ff. 36-38). There are references to a visit, with John Sampson, to the family of Matthew Wood, the Welsh Gypsy (ff. 41 verso-44 verso), and to the death of Ida John (ff. 49 verso-50). For extracts from three of the letters (ff. 35-36, 42-43, 49-50) see Michael Holroyd, Augustus John (London, 1996), pp. 151, 158, 231, 233, 289-290.

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Arranged alphabetically by recipient at NLW.

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English, some Romani.

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Tate Gallery Archive (TAM 21C microfiche);

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For related letters of Augustus John to Dorelia NcNeill and Margaret Sampson see NLW MSS 22776D, 23549C.

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Letter to Simon Asquith, 1 December [1948] (f. 19), misplaced; should be between ff. 4 and 5.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23851D.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23851D.