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BETJEMAN John - Typed Letter Signed 1975

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John BETJEMAN (1906-1984)

Typed Letter Signed (a rather scrawled "John Betjeman") to "Dear Mr. Mills", regretting that he cannot read his manuscript on mediaeval stained glass, and making suggestions for the printing of the illustrations in his book.

1 page 4to, 29 Radnor Walk, SW3, 20 March 1975.

An interesting letter, particularly for Betjeman's kind suggestion as to the best way to reproduce the pictures of stained glass.

"I cannot undertake to read . . . Stained Glass in England 1150-1550 because I am not a medieval scholar. . . all books on stained glass stop short at the seventeenth century except one by Herbert Read, which would be worth reprinting . . . Might I suggest that when you come to reproducing the glorious transparences [sic] of which you have sent me a copy, you do so on transparent paper. There is much transparent paper that will take half-tone. And with white paper behind the effect of stained glass is obtained. I tried this myself successfully years ago in the Architectural Review."

It is unsurprising that Mills would have approached Betjeman, the author of In Praise of Churches, and a great lover of the architecture found throughout the country, for an opinion, or perhaps an introduction to his book.

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