John Banting, recipient: John Humphrey Spender

Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender

[c.1930s–1940s]

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In this letter, sent from 'Stone House Cottage', John Banting thanks Humphrey Spender for allowing him to stay in his cottage, saying 'it has been superb'. He expresses interest in Spender's work for Mass Observation, and says that Spender's photographs have a cinematic quality and he should try film as well. He remarks, 'I would adore to observe the observers', and asks if Spender can sent him the questionnaires and other pamphlets they have produced.
He continues in the letter to write about his drinking, what he is eating, and then about what he has been reading, as well as remarking on Rudyard Kipling's drawings being somewhat similar to Dali.

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Date
[c.1930s–1940s]
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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.1930s–1940s]
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/29

Description

In this letter, sent from 'Stone House Cottage', John Banting thanks Humphrey Spender for allowing him to stay in his cottage, saying 'it has been superb'. He expresses interest in Spender's work for Mass Observation, and says that Spender's photographs have a cinematic quality and he should try film as well. He remarks, 'I would adore to observe the observers', and asks if Spender can sent him the questionnaires and other pamphlets they have produced.
He continues in the letter to write about his drinking, what he is eating, and then about what he has been reading, as well as remarking on Rudyard Kipling's drawings being somewhat similar to Dali.

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