MURAL

Four Autograph Letters Signed, one Autograph Note Signed, and a Signed Testimonial, from Henry Tonks, Slade Professor of Fine Art, to his former student H. Clarence Whaite, who assisted Tonks on his 'large wall decoration at University College'.

Author: 
Henry Tonks (1862-1937), artist, Slade Professor of Fine Art, University College, London [Henry Clarence Whaite (1895-1978), Head of the Art Department, University of London Institute of Education]
Publication details: 
Letters and note: four from Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea, SW3, and one on letterhead of Hill Hall, Theydon Mount, Epping; between 1922 and 1924. Testimonial on University of London, University College, letterhead; 4 January 1924.
£400.00

The note is Item Three below, and the testimonial is Item Six. Items One and Six refer to Tonks's 'large wall decoration at University College', 'The Four Founders', on which Whaite assisted Tonks. (Whaite, who was first cousin twice removed of his more famous namesake, was an excellent artist and tutor, and there is a large collection of his work at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.) One: Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea; 22 July 1932. 1p., 16mo. Good, on aged and spotted paper. 'I enclose you a Cheque for £5.

Typed Letter Signed ('Edwin H. Blashfield') by the American mural painter Edwin Howland Blashfield, inviting Mr and Mrs Thomas to visit him in his studio in Carnegie Hall, to see works 'which will probably not be exhibited again in New York'.

Author: 
Edwin H. Blashfield [Edwin Howland Blashfield] (1848-1936), American mural painter [Carnegie Hall, New York]
Publication details: 
[New York.] 17 April 1918.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. A circular, with Blashford adding the names of the recipients in manuscript, together with the words 'and Thursday, April 25' and 'and a pastiche poster'. An invitation on 22 and 25 April 1918, to 'a very few friends (as my studio will only hold a few) to come to me on the eighth floor of Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue, to see several decorative canvases, and a pastiche poster, some of which will probably not be exhibited again in New York'. Blashfield's papers are in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian.

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