'Titus Four'

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88931/1/3/43
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000806.0x0000bd
  • Dates of Creation
      Jul 1960
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

Revised autograph manuscript in different colour inks and crayon. Contains first draft of beginning of fourth Titus novel [published as Titus Awakes], with working notes and a list of possible titles. Starting on f.32 is a draft of the beginning of Titus Alone. Inscribed 'Wallington', later crossed out and replaced with 'Drayton Gardens SW10'. Dated 10 July 1960.

Drawings in pencil, crayon, felt pen and ink include:

  • f.5: Muzzlehatch?;
  • f.8v: ink blot transformed into doodle of stick figure running;
  • f.12v: side of face;
  • f.16: doodle of ink pen;
  • f.18: male figure in pointed hat;
  • f.22: cat;
  • f.24: bird-rodent;
  • f.24: two figures;
  • f.25: 'Swelter on a cull';
  • f.25v: face;
  • f.26: Swelter and other figure;
  • f.28: head;
  • f.28v: tall thin figure wearing pointed hat riding ?tiger [appears to be drawn in Chinese style];
  • f.29: figure and abstract shape;
  • f.30v: abstract faces;
  • f.33: clouds over mountain and abstract shapes;
  • f.38: head of female apparently wearing tall headpiece;
  • f.43: rough sketch of boy riding ?horse that is rearing up on hind legs;
  • f.44: stag lying by water; lower half of female figure with dog's head;
  • f.45: outline of two figures [adult and child?], the smaller figure has a pointed nose;
  • f.47: female and male heads in profile; abstract owl-like creature;
  • f.50v: head of horned creature [gazelle?];
  • f.51: two studies of man with large nose;
  • f.52v: male head;
  • f.56: head of tiger-like creature with bird emerging from top of head; partial drawing of domed head;
  • f.57v: boy crouched, viewed from behind;
  • f.59: outline of woman and child [for painting?];
  • f.60v: figures on rocks with larger figure on horizon;
  • f.61: two male figures on hillside (with Peake's notes on drawing technique);
  • f.62: male nude;
  • f.62v: two boys in pointed hats by water, parrot and two dogs;
  • f.65v: female with hand over head, drawn from life;
  • f.67: female in headscarf;
  • f.67v: line drawing of male head;
  • f.68v: 'Figure pulling off shirt';
  • f.72: head of black male boy;
  • f.74: male head;
  • f.76v: bird in frame below title 'Letters';
  • f.77v: bird in human clothing;
  • f.78: head of male wearing tall pointed hat;
  • f.79v: head of female.

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Alternative Form Available

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: hard-bound volume.

Dimensions: 221mm x 145mm.

Foliation: ff.ii+83.