Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/64
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDB395-441.
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Mar 1933-17 May 1954
  • Physical Description
      47 pieces; 58 leaves.

Scope and Content

With Alan Brough, a sculptor based in Cheshire, and a personal friend of RD. Topics covered include: news of Brough's activities, family and work, including various commissions for the Donats and others; RD's family; financial help offered to Brough by RD; RD's film Cash; Brough's contact with the Voyseys [the family of RD's first wife Ella]; The Citadel; advice on the conversion of a barn in May 1939 [at Brambleberry, RD's country home]; the death of RD's father in 1939; Goodbye Mr. Chips; Brough's plans for an exhibition of his work in Manchester in June 1940 (including at /27 a copy of the foreword for the exhibition catalogue written by RD); and RD's success in obtaining the part of Willie Friese-Greene [in The Magic Box] in March 1951.

/39 is a note from Alan's wife, Jessie Brough. /45-6 consists of a letter from Alan Brough Jr relating to the opening of his own studio in London, with RD's copy reply. /43 is a letter from 'Alan' dated at The Gatehouse, Cliffords Inn; this is not in Brough's handwriting but was stored amongst the Brough correspondence.

Dated at: Prestbury, Cheshire, and London.

Manuscript and typescript.