John Banting, recipient: John Humphrey Spender

Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender

[c.1938–9]

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In Tate Britain

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Title
Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender
Date
[c.1938–9]
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
187 x 253 mm
Format
Artwork - on paper, unique
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/15

Description

This letter has writing and drawing in pink and blue ink, including a skeleton wearing a tilted hat. The letter begins, 'Hi Humph help!' as Banting asks Spencer if he can bring some paintings he is working on to 'Lad Gad' [23 Ladbroke Gardens, Humphrey Spencer's then home]. He also refers to a portrait he has been painting [possibly of 'Lolly', Margaret Low, Spender's first wife] which he had hoped to surprise Spender with but instead says he will have to offer it as a belated wedding present.

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