Typed Letter Signed from the artist and educator Marion Richardson to her protégé H. Clarence Whaite, discussing his application for the post of HM Inspector of Art, and her own career as an inspector.

Marion Richardson (1892-1946), artist and calligrapher, Inspector of Art, London County Council [H. Clarence Whaite (1895-1978), Head of Art Department, University of London Institute of Education]
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On letterhead of the London County Council Education Officer's Department, 72 Queen's Gate, SW7. 7 August 1937.
SKU: 12650

1p., 8vo. Fair, on aged and spotted paper. She thanks him for his 'most interesting letter'. 'I have not seen the Board's advertisement, but I feel sure that an appointment of this kind would give you scope for improving conditions, and you would certainly be able to help teachers "struggling" and otherwise. Surely you ought to apply. [...] I can honestly say that I have, in spite of struggles, been very happy as an inspector. At the same time I think you are right in saying that the London County Council is, in may ways, to be preferred to the Government as an employer.' She concludes: 'It is very kind of you to suggest that I should come and see you. This would be a joy, but I am just off to Bontddu, a little place between Barmouth and Dolgelly. I shall be in London again by the first week in September; do let's then have a long talk.' This item is from the Whaite papers, which also contain a testimonial by Sir Percy Nunn (5 August 1937) in which he states that Richardson thought so highly of Whaite that she urged Nunn to standing his relative maturity, to learn a great deal, thought so highly of Whaite that on her retirement from the London Institute she was instrumental in having him appointed her successor. (Whaite was first cousin twice removed of his more famous namesake. He was himself an excellent artist and teacher, and there is a large collection of his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.)