John Banting, recipient: Margaret Low

Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender and Margaret ‘Lolly’ Low

[c.1930s–1940s]

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This letter, written from Paris at 'Mme Reynolds' house, begins 'Dear Lolling and Humph', followed by cartoon illustrations of a woman made from an elaborate squiggle and a man sat down saying 'Humph!'.
John Banting explains he is currently staying in a spare room of an American friend who has works of [Constantin] Brancusi and [Alexander] Calder around her house. He praises [the writer] Norman Douglas.
He continues by expressing regret that the painting of Lolly remains unfinished, 'that chest needs pushing back so considerably'. He ends the letter with large decorative letters spelling 'LOVE'.

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
Margaret Low died 1945
Date
[c.1930s–1940s]
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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 ‘Lolly’ Low
Date
[c.1930s–1940s]
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/26

Description

This letter, written from Paris at 'Mme Reynolds' house, begins 'Dear Lolling and Humph', followed by cartoon illustrations of a woman made from an elaborate squiggle and a man sat down saying 'Humph!'.
John Banting explains he is currently staying in a spare room of an American friend who has works of [Constantin] Brancusi and [Alexander] Calder around her house. He praises [the writer] Norman Douglas.
He continues by expressing regret that the painting of Lolly remains unfinished, 'that chest needs pushing back so considerably'. He ends the letter with large decorative letters spelling 'LOVE'.

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