John Banting, recipient: John Humphrey Spender

Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender written on the back of a trimmed cyanotype proof print by John Banting

[c.1936]

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Letter from John Banting at 33 Roehampton Lane to Humprey Spender, refers to the ballet 'Prometheus' [Ninette de Valois, Sadler's Wells, 1936]. Banting made designs for this production and he asks if Spender would be available to take some 'press-worthy' photographs to promote the ballet.

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Date
[c.1936]
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Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Title
Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender written on the back of a trimmed cyanotype proof print by John Banting
Date
[c.1936]
Format
Artwork - on paper, print
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/4

Description

A letter written from John Banting at 33 Roehampton Lane to Humprey Spender, referring to the ballet 'Prometheus' [Ninette de Valois, Sadler's Wells, 1936]. Banting made designs for this production and he asks if Spender would be available to take some 'press-worthy' photographs to promote the ballet.
The letter is written on the back of a trimmed proof blueprint, which depicts three large surrealist figures in a room, with heads possibly based on drawings of sheep jawbones. A smaller figure composed of a single line can also be seen in the background. The image was subsequently used on p.10 of Banting's satirical artist's book, 'A blue book of conversation'.

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