CRANE Walter - Autograph Letter Signed 1907 regarding works for an exhibition
Walter CRANE (1845-1915)Autograph Letter Signed (“Walter Crane”) to “My dear Rowley” ” [Charles Rowley, socialist councillor of Ancoats, Manchester], promising to send him a representative collection of his work for an exhibition.
2 pages 4to, 13 Holland Street, Kensington, 28 May 1907.
“I shall be very willing to do all I can to let you have as complete a representative collection of my decorative work for exhibition at the Art School as possible. A good deal of my work is away – some in New Zealand (where there has been some of my black & white work bought for the National Gallery of Sydney) some in Germany, some in Paris; but I think I still have enough to meet your requirements in most of the classes you mention.
I suppose your idea would be to have such a collection ready for opening in the autumn, & I presume all expenses would be paid?
We can have a talk about it when you come up in June.
Someone suggested to me that there might be some interest in my Indian drawings in such cities as Manchester. I do not know whether the Art Gallery committee would be open to showing a group there, after the show is over at Dowdeswell’s, but, if so, it might be possible to arrange this?
I have sold several of the drawings, but there are plenty left still. There was a notice of them in the Manchester Guardian the other day.
I am glad you are again enjoying your earthly paradise in Wales, & hope it has quite set you up. We have been having rather gloomy skies for May, but the May blossom refuses to be daunted & I have never seen it more profuse than it is in Kensington Gardens just now.”
Walter Crane had been Director of Design at the Manchester School of Art in the mid-1890s where the proposed exhibition was to be held. The show at Dowdeswell’s refers to Charles Dowdeswell’s chic gallery on Bond Street which had a reputation for promoting the work of young and interesting artists.
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