File NLW MS 23874C. - Miscellaneous letters from artists,

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NLW MS 23874C.


Miscellaneous letters from artists,


  • 1904-1988 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

99 ff. Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Christie's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 357; 30 November 2001; B2002/2.

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Scope and content

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).

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System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: groups of letters (arranged alphabetically by recipient); single letters (arranged alphabetically by sender).

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Related units of description

For further correspondence of Augustus John and Daniel George see NLW MSS 22781D, ff. 2-4, 23853E, f. 3, and NLW Michael Holroyd (Augustus John) Research Papers 4/4.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23874C.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2012.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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