File NLW MS 23920F - Mary Taubman letters to Edwin John

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NLW MS 23920F


Mary Taubman letters to Edwin John


  • 1953-1977, [?2005] (Creation)

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170 ff.

Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.

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Mary Taubman (née Edmond, 1929-2010) was an artist and author and was recognised as a leading authority on Gwen John.

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f. 170: Miss Sara John; Oswestry; Donation; March 2005; 0200502953.

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Seventy-seven letters, 1953-1977, from Mary Taubman (née Edmond), art historian, to Edwin John, discussing Taubman's research into the life and work of Gwen John, including identification of her paintings, publication of her letters, preparations for exhibitions of her work, and the gathering of materials for a proposed biography.
Also included are transcripts, [1967], of letters to Gwen John from Arthur Symonds (f. 79) and Auguste Rodin (f. 80); and a colour copy, [?2005], of a 1955 watercolour painting by Edwin John of Gwen John's garden house at Meudon (f. 170).

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Arranged chronologically at NLW.

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English, some French.

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For letters of Edwin John to Mary Taubman see NLW, Mary Taubman (Gwen John) Research Papers 5/1.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23920F.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23920F.