[ Rudolph Dolmetsch, composer and keyboard virtuoso. ] Fifteen Typed Letters and Notes Signed (all 'Rudolph Dolmetsch') to his music copyist A. Stroud

Rudolph Dolmetsch [ Rudolph Arnold Dolmetsch ] (1906-1942), composer and keyboard virtuoso, son of Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), musician and instrument maker [ The Rudolph Dolmetsch Orchestra ]
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Between 25 April 1936 and 26 February 1940. All on letterheads: the first two from Farnabys, High Street, Haslemere, Surrey; the rest from Pinewood, Old Haslemere Road, Haslemere, Surrey; last seven headed 'The Rudolph Dolmetsch Orchestra'.

Dolmetsch studied under Constant Lambert at the Royal College of Music, and was a protégé of Sir Henry Wood. Shortly before his death he published a well-regarded book on conducting, in the face of the violent opposition to conductors of his father the early-music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. Each of the items (of which eleven are letters and four notes) is 1p., 4to. All but one of the items are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with the earliest pitted along one fold, with loss to text. The recipient is A. Stroud of 185 Victoria Road, Aldershot.

[Constant Lambert, English composer.] Autograph signature on card.

Constant Lambert (1905-1951), English composer and conductor
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No date or place.

Lambert's attractive signature ('Constant Lambert') on piece of 7.5 x 11 cm thin card. Lightly aged and creased, and with evidence of previous mounting on reverse.

Three Autograph Notes Signed "Michael or "Michael Ayrton" to "Tom" [Driberg], politician and gay icon, and Mrs Driberg, Tom's wife, about payment for a portrait of Constant Lambert, conductor and composer.

Michael Ayrton, artist and book illustrator
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[Printed heading] Bradfields, Toppesfield, Nr Halstead, Essex, 28 May 1954, 7 June 1954, and 6 Feb. 1955.

Total 3pp., 12mo, fold marks, pinholes in two,good condition. The letters illustrate how difficult it was to get money out of Driberg. [28 May] Ayrton is about to go to America and must "gather all available resources to keep things going here [...] Could I therefore have some of the money owing for the portrait of Constant? All of it would be splendid but even some would help." [7 June] He thanks Mrs Driberg for payment of half. [6 Feb.] "Forgive my bothering you but I am a bit pressed for money at the moment and you still owe me half the price of the Lambert portrait whihc is Twenty Pounds.

Catalogue & Supplement 5,800 named and dated silhouette portraits by August Edouard 1789-1861. Silhouettist to the Royal Family of France and to H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester' and 'Catalogue of 3,800 [...] American silhouette portraits' by Edouart.

Mrs F. Nevill Jackson [Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart; SILHOUETTE PORTRAITS]
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ITEM ONE (5,800 portraits): 'HARDING & CURTIS, LTD., BATH.' [1914]; ITEM TWO (3,800 American portraits): 'WAKEHAM, TYP., KENSINGTON.' [circa 1925].

ITEM ONE: 56 pages, octavo. In original orange printed wraps. Poor, on cheap paper discoloured with age, and with damage and loss to wraps. PRESENTATION COPY to 'Mr. Joseph Ceci'. ITEM TWO: 32 pages, octavo. In original green printed wraps. Poor, on even cheaper paper fraying at extremities, but without loss to text. Both items with Mrs Jackson's address on front wrap amended in her hand. Both items poorly repaired with tape. Two items,

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