GRANT Duncan - Autograph Letter Signed 1932 to the artist Eileen Mayo
Duncan GRANT (1885-1978)
Autograph Letter Signed ("Duncan Grant") to the artist and designer Eileen Mayo, who had been sitting for him as a model.
2 pages 4to with the original autograph envelope addressed to Eileen Mayo in Wiesbaden, Germany. Charleston, Sussex, 8 January 1932.
Duncan Grant had been living with Vanessa and Clive Bell at Charleston since 1916. Eileen Mayo, painter, wood-engraver and print-maker, then in her late twenties, had been trying to earn money as a model and was spending some time in Germany.
"I was glad to know what had become of you because when I got back to London I heard you had gone to Germany. It doesn't sound terribly nice I'm afraid - but perhaps as you say at the moment one ought to be thankful for warmth and food. I'm afraid times are bad in London for models - but I miss your sittings very much. When you do come back I must go on with some of the things I've begun of you. Another person who complains bitterly of your going away is Wogan Phillips who is in London at the moment painting in Fitzroy St [Wogan Phillips, painter, farmer and Communist, later 2nd Baron Milford and the only Communist peer in the House of Lords]. I hope you may get to Berlin soon & will find a more interesting job there, where you will find time to hear some music. Anyway its a great thing to have learned some German . . ."
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