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John, Gwen, 1876-1939.
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Michael Holroyd (Augustus John) Research Papers,

  • GB 0210 HOLROYD
  • Fonds
  • [1899]-2000 (accumulated [1968]-2000) /

The fonds comprises the research papers of Michael Holroyd mainly relating to his biography of Augustus John originally published in 1974-1975, other editions and the revised edition published in 1996. These include letters from the John family, researchers, British and foreign repositories, photocopies of letters from Augustus John to his family, letters to fellow artists, his writer friends and members of the Gypsy Lore Society; reminiscences of friends and family; press cuttings relating to his works; papers relating to Augustus John's autobiography Chiaroscuro published in 1952, including publishing contracts; photocopies of writings by Augustus John; publishing agreements and book reviews of the biography. Also included are exhibition addresses on the artist by Michael Holroyd; scripts written about him and Gwen John by others, papers relating to the book co-written by Michael Holroyd and Malcolm Easton, The art of Augustus John (London, 1974), together with some research papers relating to Gwen John and to other projects.

Holroyd, Michael

Miscellaneous letters from artists,

  • NLW MS 23874C.
  • File
  • 1904-1988

Eighty-four letters, 1904-1988, from various artists, addressed to various recipients, and seemingly brought together as examples of autographs.
Among the correspondents are Edward Bawden, 1967 (f. 12), Clive Bell, [?1920s] (f. 85), George Bissill, 1956-1961 (ff. 14-56), Mark Gertler, 1916 (f. 86), Duncan Grant, 1942 (f. 87), Augustus John, 1953-1958 (ff. 4-7, 88), Gwen John, [?1904] (ff. 89-90), Clare Leighton, 1934 (ff. 9-11), Lord Methuen, 1972-1973 (ff. 67-70), Henry Moore, 1950-1951, 1961 (ff. 1-2, 91), John Nash, 1967 (f. 71), Paul Nash, [early 1940s] (f. 92), Sir William Nicholson, 1904-1906 (ff. 93-94), John Piper, 1941-1943 (ff. 72-75), Sir William Rothenstein, 1932 (ff. 96-97), Kenneth Rowntree, 1957 (ff. 78-82), and Sir Matthew Smith, 1950, 1957 (ff. 3, 99). The main recipients are Daniel George, 1953-1962 (ff. 4-8), Cyril Lakin, 1934 (ff. 9-11), Peter Rhodes (ff. 12-56, 58, 65-71, 83-84) and his wife Felicity Rhodes (ff. 57, 59-64, 72-82). The letters include references to the sale of pictures by Peter De Wint (ff. 16, 22-29, 37-40, 44-47) and comments by Augustus John on Caitlin Thomas’s autobiography (f. 6).

The Fire and the Fountain

  • NLW MS 23713E.
  • File
  • 1974-1975

Scripts, letters and photographs, 1974-1975, relating to the production of 'Augustus and Gwen: The Fire and the Fountain', a television documentary film about Augustus John and Gwen John, written by Eric Rowan and first transmitted, 19 March 1975, on BBC2.
The papers comprise a location list, [1974] (ff. 1-3), dubbing script, 25 February 1975 (ff. 4-31), and post-shoot script, [January 1975] (ff. 32-63); letters to Eric Rowan from Michael Holroyd, 1974 (ff. 64-66), Caspar John, [5] August 1974 (f. 67, postcard), Edwin John, 1974-1975 (ff. 68-70, 73), Poppet Pol, 4 October 1974 (f. 75), Romilly John, 1974-1975 (ff. 76-77 verso), and Mary Taubman, 9 October 1974 (ff. 78-79, incomplete); draft and copy letters of Eric Rowan to Edwin John, [December 1974], 19 February 1975 (ff. 71-72, 74); and five photographs taken during the filming in Provence of Poppet Pol's contribution, [Summer 1974] (ff. 80-84).

Rowan, Eric, 1931-