Autograph Manuscript (Titus Alone chapters 1-13)

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88931/1/3/25
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000147.0x0003af
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1954
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

Revised draft in various coloured inks and pencil. Contains early draft of the beginning of Titus Alone. Appears to be earlier draft than Add MS 88931/1/3/26. At the end of the manuscript there are notes on Peake's earnings and fragments of poetry. Inscribed with Wallington address. Undated.

Drawings ink, wash and pencil include:

  • f.11v: nude male chasing bird;
  • f.12v: line drawings of: female figures dancing; figure on bended knee; female on tip-toes reaching forward;
  • f.13v: cat [appears to be drawn in Chinese style]; bird;
  • f.14: doodles; curvilinear line (incorporating face) that becomes rectilinear skyline [possibly a precursor to 'Just A Line' Add MS 88931/5/2];
  • f.16: two male faces;
  • f.17: female faces;
  • f.20v: Muzzlehatch driving car;
  • f.23: baby and dog or wolf;
  • f.27: cartoon drawings of figure without torso and figure wearing pointed hat; female in conical ['coolie'] hat;
  • f.27v: scene with fish on legs, bird and a hybrid creature with an elephant's head, peacock feathers and hooves;
  • f.28: male wearing ornate bird helmet; abstract head;
  • f.28v: head of boy, sketched from life;
  • f.29: male head; three heads, nested one inside the other; sea creatures flying over rooftops.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: hard-bound volume.

Dimensions: 220mm x 142mm.

Foliation: ff.ii+30.