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[BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.

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[BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.
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[BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.
Both on the artist's Fryern Court, Fordingbridge stationery, one dated February 11, 1942, the other (of roughly the same period) dated simply "Thursday." Single sheets, written recto and verso. 8 x 5 inches (20 x 12.5 cm); each about 30 lines, to "My dear Cecil" or "Dearest Cecil" from "Augustus" Usual folds, some toning, the blank upper corner of one sheet missing.

The dated letter concerns "Louisa" who appears to exist on borrowings from friends, and "...like some beloved and aging pet, she should be mercifully shot and stuffed. How well she would look in a glass case! I wish someone would record her wonderful talk first. I can only think of Osbert [Sitwell--struck through] to do it properly. but it would mean a long series of Sitwellings." He mentions doing some drawings of Beaton in both letters, though this seems not to have transpired.


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[BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.

Estimate $100 - $200
Oct 13, 2022
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0199: [BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.
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Est. $100 - $200Starting Price $50
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[BEATON, CECIL] JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Two autograph letters signed, from Augustus John to Cecil Beaton.
Both on the artist's Fryern Court, Fordingbridge stationery, one dated February 11, 1942, the other (of roughly the same period) dated simply "Thursday." Single sheets, written recto and verso. 8 x 5 inches (20 x 12.5 cm); each about 30 lines, to "My dear Cecil" or "Dearest Cecil" from "Augustus" Usual folds, some toning, the blank upper corner of one sheet missing.

The dated letter concerns "Louisa" who appears to exist on borrowings from friends, and "...like some beloved and aging pet, she should be mercifully shot and stuffed. How well she would look in a glass case! I wish someone would record her wonderful talk first. I can only think of Osbert [Sitwell--struck through] to do it properly. but it would mean a long series of Sitwellings." He mentions doing some drawings of Beaton in both letters, though this seems not to have transpired.


C Estate of Thomas P. Lacy
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Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact and Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. Please contact the specialist department to request further information or additional images that may be available.
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