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Letters, 1917-ca. 1957.

Author: Augustus John
Edition/Format:   Archival material : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:Letters and papers of British artists
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The 12 letters of Augustus Edwin John were written in two different periods of his life. Four are on letterhead with his Chelsea address, where he lived from 1914 to 1927. The others are on the letterhead of his Fryern Court, Fordingbridge residence, where he lived from 1927 to his death. John sends the publisher Unwin the requested photograph (1917 June 14). He writes to William Rothenstein that he likes the price
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
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Named Person: Augustus John; Augustus John; M Art︠s︡ybashev; Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, Sir; Brinsley Ford; Daniel George; George Rainbird; William Rothenstein, Sir; Sacheverell Sitwell; Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, Sir; Brinsley Ford; Daniel George; Augustus John; George Rainbird; William Rothenstein; Sacheverell Sitwell
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Augustus John
OCLC Number: 79598279
Description: 12 items.

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The 12 letters of Augustus Edwin John were written in two different periods of his life. Four are on letterhead with his Chelsea address, where he lived from 1914 to 1927. The others are on the letterhead of his Fryern Court, Fordingbridge residence, where he lived from 1927 to his death. John sends the publisher Unwin the requested photograph (1917 June 14). He writes to William Rothenstein that he likes the price a collector offered for a portrait, but he believes that "Cockerell should have it for his museum" [Liverpool National Gallery; ca. 1918]. A short note to a friend (Foster?) schedules a meeting at the club (ca. 1917-1920). The artist informs a captain Sunderland that he may publish photographs of his Canadian studies, which are with Chenil & Co. in Chelsea (ca. 1920-1924).

The second group includes eight letters, of which four were sent to Daniel George. John congratulates him on his book, "L'art officiel," and mentions the influence of Artsybashev's "Breaking points" on his own work (1953 Aug. 13). He is writing an article for Readers' News, and is planning an exhibition (1953 Oct. 8). Two letters of 1955 and 1957 speak about John's work on a "substantial addition" to his memoirs, despite his nervous breakdown. He wants to "stifle the myth" of his "lurid" life forged by "cheap journalists."

Two of the three letters to Sitwell Sacheverell speak about John's drawings and attempts at lithography for the book to be published by Rainbird; he would like "a large, modestly priced edition" accessible to a large public (1954 Sept. 4 and 21). Most of the second letter is about the Salisbury trial of his previous lover, Mavis Cole, for the attempted murder of her husband. A letter sent during John's convalescence in Spain after surgery suggests that the publication of his book be delayed until he returns home, and mentions that he has been working on the next volume of his memoirs, Chiaroscuro (1945 Dec. 6). Also in this group, a short note informs a Miss Mesquita about further deliveries of illustrations to be seen by Mr. Wren Howard (1950 Oct. 25).

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