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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXXVI. Drawings by Chesterton for the illustrations in E. C. Bentley, More Biography (1929) (ff. 1-22), Hilaire Belloc, The Haunted House (1927) (ff. 23-71) and Hilaire Belloc, The Missing Masterpiece (1929) (ff. 72-123); [1927-1929]. Each drawing for Belloc's works bears a caption in Belloc's hand. With typewritten lists of the captions to the drawings, some of which are wanting, having been sold at the Foyle Art Gallery in Dec. 1931 or otherwise dispersed (i.e., no. 9, 14 of those for The Haunted House, and no. 1, 28-32, 37, 41 of those for The Missing Masterpiece). No. 6, 7 of the drawings for The Haunted House and no. 11 of those for The Missing Masterpiece, although stated as being sold, are present. No. 7 of those for The Missing Masterpiece bears a draft of no. 3 on its verso. Includes drafts of illustration no. 1 and no. 15 of The Haunted House, two drafts of the cover and two rejected drawings for The Missing Masterpiece (ff. 124-127), a typewritten draft by Belloc of the plot of The Haunted House (ff. 128-133), and a copy of the Foyle Art Gallery sale catalogue (ff. 134-135v).

ff. i+135. 337 x 263mm.


  • ff. 1-22 Edmund Clerihew Bentley, author: Drawings by G. K. Chesterton for Bentley's verses 'More biography': [1929]: Autogr.
  • ff. 23-133 Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author: Drawings by G. K. Chesterton for Belloc's novels 'The Haunted house' and 'The Missing masterpiece', with other related papers: [1927]-1931: Partly typewritten, partly printed: Autogr.

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