John Banting, recipient: John Humphrey Spender

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

[c.1936–7]

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A letter to Humphrey Spender in which John Banting apologises for not having thanked him sooner for the photographs of dancers. [Presumably the promotional photographs of the ballet 'Prometheus', at Sadler's Wells, see letter TGA 9717/1/4].

Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Date
[c.1936–7]
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Created by
John Banting 1902–1971
Recipient
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Title
Letter from John Banting to Humphrey Spender, on the back of a trimmed cyanotype blueprint proof by John Banting
Date
[c.1936–7]
Format
Artwork - on paper, print
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717/1/5

Description

A letter to Humphrey Spender in which John Banting apologises for not having thanked him sooner for the photographs of dancers. [Presumably the promotional photographs of the ballet 'Prometheus', at Sadler's Wells, see letter TGA 9717/1/4]. The letter has been written on the back on a blueprint. The blueprint is an image of a semi-abstract surrealist head. In red ink on the top right hand corner is written the [fictional] name, 'Colonel George Molars'. This image appears on p.22 of Banting's 1946 satirical surrealist book, 'A Blue Book of Conversation' [there, the image was accidentally printed upside down, as one can tell by the signature].

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