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Twenty-eight holograph letters from Augustus John plus other items,
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Twenty-eight holograph letters from Augustus John plus other items,

  • NLW MS 21570E.
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  • 1913-1954 /

Twenty-eight holograph letters from Augustus John to the following addressees: 'Laura' (Dame Laura Knight, 2 letters, 1938, concerning John's resignation from the Royal Academy), 'Kassie' (3 letters, 1939, 1940 and May 11), Miss Stevenson (Frances Stevenson, later Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor, 7 letters, 1919, Feb. 13 and n.d. [probably mostly, if not all, 1919], several of these letters contain interesting details concerning John's commission to paint the Paris Peace Conference in 1919) 'Haddon' (2 letters, 1927 and 12 July [?1927], concerning Jack Knewstub), [Chaloner] Dowdall (1 letter, 1914), Miss Lion (1 letter, 1935, John's inability to contribute a work to the exhibition of disabled ex-servicemen's industries), Mr. Sadler (2 letters, 1913 and 1918), Mr. Russell (2 letters, 1947 and 1953, book reviewing), 'Castle' and Mrs. Castle (1 letter, 'Sunday' [c. Oct. 1915]), Mrs. Madden (2 letters, 1934 and June 23, this second letter has mounted on its dorse a press cutting containing a reproduction of a sketch of John by Ivan Opffer), Mr. Unwin (1 letter, 1941, the publication of 'The book' [John's autobiography]), Miss Phelps (1 letter, n.d.), 'Dear Sir' (2 letters, Nov. 7 and 1954) and Warner E. Colville (signed and dated card, 1939); together with other items, 1913-1954, in the hand of Augustus John: holograph manuscript and typescript of an article by John entitled 'Ecole de Paris'; holograph description by John, with diagrams, of what appears to be a sea creature; press cuttings and other items concerning the exhibition 'Augustus John in Liverpool', held at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, in 1954; proofs and typescripts of articles by John entitled 'Elephants with Beards' (concerning Wyndham Lewis), 'Dylan Thomas & Company', and 'Roy Campbell under the Caryatids' [all included in Finishing Touches (London, 1964)]; and various miscellaneous items.

John, Augustus, 1878-1961