Miscellaneous letters from artists,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 23874C.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004244221
      (alternative) (WlAbNL)0000244221
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      99 ff. Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

Eighty-four letters, 1904-1988, from various artists, addressed to various recipients, and seemingly brought together as examples of autographs.
Among the correspondents are Edward Bawden, 1967 (f. 12), Clive Bell, [?1920s] (f. 85), George Bissill, 1956-1961 (ff. 14-56), Mark Gertler, 1916 (f. 86), Duncan Grant, 1942 (f. 87), Augustus John, 1953-1958 (ff. 4-7, 88), Gwen John, [?1904] (ff. 89-90), Clare Leighton, 1934 (ff. 9-11), Lord Methuen, 1972-1973 (ff. 67-70), Henry Moore, 1950-1951, 1961 (ff. 1-2, 91), John Nash, 1967 (f. 71), Paul Nash, [early 1940s] (f. 92), Sir William Nicholson, 1904-1906 (ff. 93-94), John Piper, 1941-1943 (ff. 72-75), Sir William Rothenstein, 1932 (ff. 96-97), Kenneth Rowntree, 1957 (ff. 78-82), and Sir Matthew Smith, 1950, 1957 (ff. 3, 99). The main recipients are Daniel George, 1953-1962 (ff. 4-8), Cyril Lakin, 1934 (ff. 9-11), Peter Rhodes (ff. 12-56, 58, 65-71, 83-84) and his wife Felicity Rhodes (ff. 57, 59-64, 72-82). The letters include references to the sale of pictures by Peter De Wint (ff. 16, 22-29, 37-40, 44-47) and comments by Augustus John on Caitlin Thomas’s autobiography (f. 6).


Arranged at NLW as follows: groups of letters (arranged alphabetically by recipient); single letters (arranged alphabetically by sender).

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Acquisition Information

Christie's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 357; 30 November 2001; B2002/2.


Title based on contents.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 23874C.

Archivist's Note

March 2012.

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Related Material

For further correspondence of Augustus John and Daniel George see NLW MSS 22781D, ff. 2-4, 23853E, f. 3, and NLW Michael Holroyd (Augustus John) Research Papers 4/4.

Additional Information


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