Letters, drawings and a sketchbook from John Banting to Humphrey Spender

[1930s–1960s]

collection owner: John Humphrey Spender, ‘Letters, drawings and a sketchbook from John Banting to Humphrey Spender’ [1930s–1960s]

This collection consists of material sent from John Banting to the photographer and Mass Observation researcher, Humphrey Spender. The correspondence in this collection spans the period from the early 1930s to circa. 1970. Many of these letters are illustrated and decorated by John Banting. Meanwhile the sketchbook appears to cover a period before John Banting's solo exhibition at the Storran Gallery in 1938 and includes drawings of unidentified individuals who may have been friends of Banting at this time, as well as numerous sketches of natural and abstract or surreal forms. Items of correspondence, also contained within this collection, suggest that Spender may have taken this sketchbook to work on when staying in the Spender's cottage in Sussex.

Collection Owner
John Humphrey Spender 1910–2005
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Tate Archive by Humphrey Spender in 1997.
Reference
TGA 9717

36 objects in this collection

Title
Letters, drawings and a sketchbook from John Banting to Humphrey Spender
Date
[1930s–1960s]
Description
This collection consists of material sent from John Banting to the photographer and Mass Observation researcher, Humphrey Spender. The correspondence in this collection spans the period from the early 1930s to circa. 1970. Many of these letters are illustrated and decorated by John Banting. Meanwhile the sketchbook appears to cover a period before John Banting's solo exhibition at the Storran Gallery in 1938 and includes drawings of unidentified individuals who may have been friends of Banting at this time, as well as numerous sketches of natural and abstract or surreal forms. Items of correspondence, also contained within this collection, suggest that Spender may have taken this sketchbook to work on when staying in the Spender's cottage in Sussex.
Reference
TGA 9717

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