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BARTHOLOMEW (Valentine, 1799-1879, Flower painter to Queen Victoria)

Unsigned fragment of an autograph letter, explaining that "as you were away from London I thought the delay in sending the skeleton sketch to enable you to write the short Memoir might not be of any consequence", resulting in "what I fear may [have] been thought neglect", he is now "getting nearly free of teaching" and before leaving town "about next Friday ... hope to send what you require", old identification on verso, 1 side 5¼" x 4¾", no place, no date, circa

Item Date:  1850
Stock No:  53462      £40

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BATEMAN (Henry Mayo, 1887-1970, Australian Cartoonist, worked for 'Punch')

Printed copy of one of his cartoons signed and dated underneath, the cartoon is titled "The Pupil who excelled his Master" and shows a young man painting with his teacher looking on and plainly in a rage, Bateman has written in his stylised capitals under the picture "H. M. BATEMAN - 'Punch' 12.3.30" and has signed and dated it under that, 8½" x 5¾". no place, 27th March

Item Date:  1930
Stock No:  40051      £225

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BAWDEN (Edward, 1903-1989, Painter, Illustrator and Graphic Artist)

Two Fine Autograph Letters Signed ‘Edward’ to Michael ROTHENSTEIN (1908-1993, Printmaker, Painter and Art Teacher) concerning John Norris WOOD (1930-2015, Natural History Illustrator) the first says that Clive GARDINER (1891-1960, poster designer and illustrator and Principal of Goldsmiths between 1929 and 1958) “has agreed to accept John Wood for Goldsmiths simply upon my word for for it that he is a student worth having... I told John that I thought he ought to get to town next week to see both Camberwell & Goldsmiths for himself, then he could decide which school he liked best. I feel I have interfered enough in J.W.'s affairs - he can now settle the rest for himself, the only thing I wanted to make sure about was that he wld be able to get into an art school for certain. John will ring you up on Wednesday to let you know whether he has permission to go up to London soon. Well, I don’t think I need to give you a letter of introduction to Clive Gardiner because it is unlikely & quite unnecessary for you to to to New Cross with an armful of paintings in the event of John’s rejection at Camberwell...”, 2 sides 8vo., the second on an airletter form from Canada is replying to a letter about Wood saying that “a few days before I had yr letter I received two air mail letters from Charlotte [Bawden's wife] whc were mainly devoted to the same subject : how troublesome J.W. was being both to you & to her, and of his incapacity to look after his own interests. My immediate reaction was one of extreme annoyance & as a consequence I wrote him a very blunt letter to point out that in the first place he ought to accept admission to Camberwell as being in the nature of a privilege, that it was not for him to question whatever Daniels thought of his work but to accept criticism for its own worth, especially when given by a man who had had years of experience. Secondly, I told that if he were prepared to work hard he would learn a great deal at any Art School whether or not he agreed with the point of view of the instructors... if he doesn't get himself into an Art School by the end of September I intend to give up trying to help him... my exasperation with J.W. was increased by the reflection that he had some talent & made no use of it, whereas many of the students here who don't seem to possess any talent at all do achieve much more than he has ever done simply because of their enthusiasm to learn & their willingness to work hard. I have never before had a class that has achieved so much. The other day I counted all the finished paintings which had been hung on the walls : there were ninety, the result of five week’s work for 15 to 17 students, several of whom came to me for only half the day. It is true we had one neurotic creature, a mad middle-aged Englishwoman, who thought she was entitled to a studio & model to herself, but she faded out mercifully on her own accord...”, 3 sides form with autograph address on the front, Banff School of Fine Art, Alberta, 15th August

Item Date:  1949
Stock No:  40583      £350

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BEATON (Sir Cecil, 1904-1980, Photographer & Designer)

Fine Autograph Letter Signed to "Dearest Ava", Lady Waverley, signed "Cecil" (1896-1974, wife of Sir John Anderson, Viscount Waverley) writing from Los Angeles, "It's really unbelievable - little did I realise when I signed the dotted line that they wouldn't be making any of the picture in London. But even Ascot & Covent Garden are to be recreated in the back lot - & here I must remain - nose to suburban arcadian - ground - until the day they decide I'm no longer indispensable. Of course it's a job I have to do - & it will help pay my taxes - but never again! I'm too old to waste such valuable time. However I'm disciplining myself thoroughly - not to look at the ugliness surrounding me, & to read the classics & to see the only few civilised people there are hiding in these hills. My new bungalow looks out on a Walt Disneyesque patio - with Italian fountain, marguerites and jasmine - it's really rather pretty & I'm going to swim in the pool each morning before driving myself on the terrifying speedways to the Office. I've never before had a desk to sit behind and a secretary to keep people at bay - & it's all a series of Firsts for me. Perfectly good for the character if hard on the soul ... the weekends come as a blessing & are more important than they have been since boarding school. Tell me your news! I expect you are full of activity & verve. I expect you will be waltzing at Windsor Castle in honour of Princes Alexandra & in touch with the nation's protectors. It would be kind if you would write to your friend in exile, & tell me for example what you thought of Freddie's latest or Nicholas Lawford's previous ...", 2 sides 4to., Hotel Bel Air headed paper, Los Angeles, 1st April

Item Date:  1963
Stock No:  39372      £775

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BEATON (Sir Cecil, 1904-1980, Photographer & Designer) and Isla BLAIR (born 1944, Actress and Singer)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, signed by Beaton on the mount showing her full length in costume as Antoinette, standing in a coquettish pose on an elaborately decorated staircase, wearing a frilly white dress, 14½" x 10" in mount 19" x 14", Paris,

Item Date:  1967
Stock No:  41321      £175

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