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Michael Holroyd (Augustus John) Research Papers,
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1996 International Festival of Authors

The file comprises papers, 1995-1997, relating to the festival held at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, where Michael Holroyd gave a talk about Augustus John, including his media schedule and a press cutting from The Toronto Star, 1996, about the event.

International Festival of Authors (1996: Toronto, Canada)

Alan Moorehead's biography

The file comprises the unpublished incomplete biography of Augustus John with a letter, [1952], from him rejecting it and declaring that 'All your statements of fact are wrong' and 'I must refuse to authorise this effort at biography', together with Alan Moorehead's account of how he came to write the biography and problems encountered by him.

Moorehead, Alan, 1910-1983


The file comprises 'The ideal woman' by Michael Holroyd in the Buxton Festival programme, 1998, relating to Augustus John's painting 'The Smiling Woman' which features on the front cover, a photocopy of the typescript of the article and correspondence, 1998, regarding the event. The file also comprises Michael Holroyd's entry for the New Dictionary of National Biography, 1999, in the form of a proof with his corrections and Notes for contributors from Oxford University Press.

Articles about Augustus John

The file comprises articles and other items, mostly photocopies, including Th. Bolton, 'Augustus John - The Painter', Pearson's Magazine, 1919; 'Some of Augustus John's drawings now on exhibition in the National Gallery, London', Picture Post, March 1941; Alan Andrews, 'Augustus John', Picture Post, March 1954; 'Augustus John a great artist but a difficult sitter' by Allan Chappelow, The Photographic Journal, July 1962; 'The Boy David: Augustus John and Ernst Stern' by Michael Easton, Apollo, 1965; minutes of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1938-1954 (Augustus John was its president, 1948-1952); articles, 1912, from various newspapers relating to the cartoon 'Mumpers' by Augustus John exhibited at the New English Art Club in London; 'The drawings of Augustus John' by Hugh Blaker, Colour magazine, 1916; and 'Augustus John in Dorset', Dorset Life, 1990; together with the programme of the Augustus John Memorial Concert held by the Royal Academy of Arts in 1966 and a booklet about Gumfreston Church [where the artist's father Edwin William John was buried].

Royal Society of Portrait Painters

'Augustus' by Robert Bolt

The file comprises a screenplay by Robert Bolt, [?1979], together with a letter, 1979, from Margaret Ramsay Ltd, Play Agents, London, notifying him that the play was commissioned by Stella Richman Ltd but the project was abandoned due to financial problems.

Bolt, Robert

Augustus John and gypsies

The file comprises 'Augustus John. Artists, anarchist and gypsy' by Horace Shipp, Everybody's Weekly, March 1954; photocopies of galley proofs corrected by Augustus John of his review of Dora E. Yates's My gypsy days: recollections of a Romani Rawnie, [1953]; Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, containing tributes to Augustus John by Sacheverell Sitwell and Walter Starkie, 1962, and Dorelia John by Joseta Jones, 1970; photocopies of Juliette de Bairacli Levy's 'Augustus John in the New Forest', Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society and a draft of the article; 'Hungarian gypsies in Comberton Camp' by the same author; book reviews of Sven Berlin, Dromengro: Man of the road (London, 1971), with references to Augustus John, and an article by Ronald Blythe, The Listener, June 1972, relating to sites for gypsies.

Baïracli-Levy, Juliette de

Augustus John exhibitions

The file comprises notes taken from the papers of [Gerald] Kelly held at the Royal Academy of Arts mainly relating to Augustus John's retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1954; a press release (original) from the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1954, relating to an exhibition 'Augustus John in Liverpool' held there; a press release from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, advertising the Augustus John Centenary exhibition in 1978; information sheet for an exhibition held at the Manchester City Art Gallery in [1985x1986]; a press release advertising a one week only exhibition of Augustus John's cartoon 'The Mumpers' at the Mercury Gallery, London, in [1994]; a press release from the Barbican Art Gallery advertising the 'Modern Art in Britain 1910-1914' exhibition held in 1997 featuring landscapes by Augustus John; photocopy of an exhibition of Augustus John drawings lent by Anson C. Goodyear at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, New York, 1926; notes about the National Gallery and Augustus John's exhibition held in 1940; and a transcript of a press cutting, 1907, from The Saturday Review (which was in the possession of Winifred Shute [sister of Augustus John]) relating to an exhibition at the Carfax Gallery, London. -- The file includes photocopies of the correspondence, 1954, of John Freemantle (Lord Cottesloe) relating to an exhibition held at the Diploma Gallery, Royal Academy, and the confusion about the painting of Miss Spencer Edwards. Also included are notes taken from the appointment diaries of Augustus John, [1921] and 1923 (NLW MSS 23853-23854A).

Walker Art Gallery

Augustus John paintings: location

The file comprises descriptions of paintings and etchings by Augustus John held at various galleries, including Birmingham City Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Walker Gallery, Liverpool, Leeds Art Gallery, the Tate Gallery, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Manchester City Gallery and Whitworth Gallery, together with a short list of representations of the artist by other painters. Included are photocopies of letters, 1926, relating to the portrait of Dr Gustav Stresemann by Augustus John which was purchased by the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, USA, and a letter, 1938, from the National Art-Collections Fund to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society, New Zeland, relating to the purchase of a girl's portrait. -- Also included are examples of book covers of novels by Sylvia Townsend Warner published in 1978 which featured 'The red feather' and 'French fisher-boy', paintings by Augustus John.

Augustus John to Lady Ottoline Morrell

The file comprises extracts of letters from Augustus John to his sitter Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1908-1932. The original letters from Augustus John to Lady Ottoline Morrell are in the University of Texas at Austin. Also included are quotations from newspapers, 1920, responding to his portrait of her exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery, [London].

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