John Banting, recipient: Margaret Low

Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender and Margaret Low, written on the back of a blue line-block proof by John Banting with pencil markings

[c.1939–40]

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In this letter, John Banting thanks Humphrey Spender and Lolly for their cards and says that as a rule he feels 'a bit grim' around the festive season. He mentions that he has a man staying with him who has now had a recurrance of Malaria, which was rather alarming. He explains that the proofs on which he is writing are 'mistakenly in line block' and are for a new book.

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
Margaret Low died 1945
Date
[c.1939–40]
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
256 x 343 mm
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Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
Margaret Low died 1945
Title
Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender and Margaret Low, written on the back of a blue line-block proof by John Banting with pencil markings
Date
[c.1939–40]
Format
Artwork - on paper, print
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/16

Description

In this letter John Banting thanks Humphrey Spender and Lolly for their cards and says that as a rule he feels 'a bit grim' around the festive season. He mentions that he has a man staying with him who has now had a recurrance of Malaria, which was rather alarming. He explains that the proofs on which he is writing are 'mistakenly in line block' and are for a new book.
The letter is written on the back of two prints. These are proofs from the series used in 'A Blue Book of Conversation' (London, Editions Poetry 1946). The image on the left is printed on p.22 of that book, but was mistakenly printed upside down. It depicted a satirical fictional character Sir Giles Mundens-Furnace. The image has featured as a motif in at least two other paintings by Banting, 'Encounters on a Terrace', c 1936 (private collection), and 'The Couple', c 1932-33 (Sherwin Collection, Leeds). The image on the right, of one seated and one standing figure, can be found on p. 53 of 'A Blue Book of Conversation'.

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