File NLW MS 23008E - Letters to Ceri and Frances Richards,

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NLW MS 23008E


Letters to Ceri and Frances Richards,


  • 1929-1980. (Creation)

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162 ff. Guarded and filed.

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Some hundred letters, 1929-80 (correspondents N-W), to Ceri and Frances Richards, many of them concerned with their work as artists. The correspondents include John Ormond (11) [?1940s]-1976 (with typescript and autograph drafts and fair copies of poems, and typescript text of a radio broadcast by him, 1954, entitled 'Rest and Unrest: the Art of Ceri Richards'), Victor Pasmore (1) 1969, Peter Pears (8) [1960s-70s], Sir John Rothenstein (2) 1958-68, Roberto Sanesi (12) 1961-76, Stephen Spender (2) 1962, Graham Sutherland (3) [?1941]-56, Vernon Watkins (10) 1960-7 (see note 544, below), with one autograph and one typescript poem.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

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The contents of NLW MSS 22853-23691 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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See also NLW MS 22487E, which includes twenty-six letters, c. 1948-1967, from Ceri Richards to Vernon Watkins, together with six of Watkins's replies.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23008E

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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