Letters From Mervyn Peake (part 3)

Scope and Content

Autograph letters to his wife Maeve Gilmore.

To 70 Glebe Place, Chelsea:

  • 'My own sweet wife': inscribed ‘Clos de Bas, 2nd' [Sark] (5 leaves plus envelope postmarked 3 June 1946).
  • 'My Maeve, my artist-girl': undated [1946? Letter addressed to 'companion of ten years' so probably sent to Maeve whilst she was living at Glebe Place] (1 leaf).

To 12 Embankment Gardens, Chelsea:

  • 'Dearest little abducto ad absurdum': inscribed 'Edinburgh' [where Peake was to design sets for an unrealised theatrical adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde]; postmarked 4 February 1950 (6 leaves plus envelope).
  • 'MaeveMaeveMaeveMaeveMaeve'; with illustrations of Maeve, Mervyn? with giant bird's head and their daughter Clare; undated [1950? Written on Sark] (9 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Dearest girl’: contains drawing of cupid firing arrow at target; inscribed ‘Châlet’, Sark; 17 August (1 leaf plus envelope)
  • Additional envelope postmarked 18 August 1950.

Valentine:

  • ‘Sweetest of all girls is mine, So for my Maeve a valentine’: with coloured drawings of flowers and a heart on an easel; 14 February 1953 (1 leaf plus envelope).

To 55 Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey from Budra, Yugoslavia:

  • 'Maeve': undated [Easter 1955?] (1 leaf).
  • ‘My dearest sweet’: with drawings of palm trees and figures fighting with palm fronds; 14 April 1955 (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Sweet Maeve’: postmarked 19 April [1955] (3 leaves plus envelope).

To 55 Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey from Ireland:

  • ‘Most darling’: inscribed 'The same day as I saw you'; postmarked 5 July 1956 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘My darling and sweet Maeve’: inscribed ‘Saturday, 1956’; postmarked 7 July 1956 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘My sweet tender girl’: inscribed ‘Sunday’; postmarked 9? July 1956 (1 leaf plus envelope).
  • ‘My own love’: contains illustration of horse with green wash; inscribed ‘Tuesday’; postmarked 10 July 1956 (2 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Maeve’: inscribed ‘Wednesday’; postmarked 12 July 1956 (3 leaves plus envelope).
  • ‘Maeve my deepest of all in the heart of me’: [July 1956] (4 leaves).

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