GRIGSON Geoffrey - Two letters enquiring about Rowlandson drawings
Geoffrey GRIGSON (1905-1985)Typed Letter Signed (“Geoffrey Grigson”) to Peter Rhodes asking whether he still has Rowlandson’s drawing of cliffs.
1 page 4to, Broad Town Farmhouse, Swindon, 6 June 1972
Together with: Autograph Letter Signed (“Geoffrey Grigson”) to “Dear Peter”, thanking him for his reply and enquiring after other Rowlandson works.
2 pages 8vo, Broad Town Farmhouse, Swindon, 14 June 1972.
Together with the autograph envelopes.
6 June: “. . . May I ask you a question. Two questions. The first is, do you still own Rowlandson’s drawing of cliffs . . .? And if so, may I reproduce it in turn in a book on English landscape I am preparing for the Phaidon Press? . . .
A curious business chasing up favourite pictures and drawings. For instance, I still hope to find the present owner of John Nash’s early landscape called The Viaduct, as I remember it one of the best landscapes of this century by an English painter. It is in hiding.
Which reminds me . . . you don’t by any chance own the wonderful Rowlandson of a country house funeral procession . . .?”
14 June: “I was delighted to get your letter, and shall be very grateful if you can spare me a print of the Rowlandson ‘Cliffs’ . . . you wouldn’t know the whereabouts of Rowlandson;s “Harvesting” . . . which was reproduced in a Studio book on Rowlandson in 1929?
. . . it is at times difficult hell unearthing a picture which has gone to ground. For instance, no luck after months with John Nash’s best picture The Viaduct, seen by no one for 30 years.
. . . are you ever in Bath, because at the moment Hammerton Antiques . . . have sepia landscapes, a portfolio full, by an artist named Becker . . . As Becker doesn’t appear in most reference books I suppose that’s the reason they are surprisingly cheap. . . . I bought a Cheddar Cliffs for £6. Formula landscapes, yes; but graceful & direct. . . .”
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