The Camden Town Group in Context

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Henry Lamb Letter to James Bolivar Manson 22 November 1912

Henry Lamb 'Letter to James Bolivar Manson' 22 November 1912
Henry Lamb 1883–1960
Letter to James Bolivar Manson 22 November 1912
Tate Archive TGA 806/1/489
© Estate of Henry Lamb
Henry Lamb exhibited two recent works at the third Camden Town Group exhibition at the Carfax Gallery in December 1912, both entitled Study of a Head. One was priced £30 and the other was not for sale, even though Lamb asked in this letter that both be on sale (LON-CAR (V)). The available study was bought by Mr and Mrs J.L. Behrend and presented to the Tate Gallery in 1917, now called Head of an Irish Girl (N03192). At this time Lamb was staying with his friend, the architect George Kennedy, in Donegal, Ireland. Kennedy went on to write a monograph of the artist in 1924.

Helena Bonett
August 2011


Nov. 22nd
c/o George Kennedy Esq
Co Donegal
Dear Mr Manson
 I am sending a couple of gi canvases by a friend to Carfax to-day trusting that he will be able to lend me frames. If they are ready please call them both “Study of a Head” & say that they each cost £30.
 I enclose a 5/- P.O.O. for the exhibition fee.
  Sincerely yrs
   Henry Lamb.

How to cite

Henry Lamb, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, 22 November 1912, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 22 May 2024.