Henry Lamb wrote to James Bolivar Manson on 28 October about the formation of a ‘new society’ of which he was unaware (TGA 806/10/6). Manson must have responded explaining more about the society, soon to be called the London Group, as in this letter Lamb has replied more favourably. As a member of the Camden Town Group, Lamb had automatically become a member of the London Group.
He states that he has marked an X next to the names of election candidates on a separate list, but feels it is a ‘pity’ that Stanley Spencer was not suggested. Spencer was soon elected to membership of the London Group on 7 March 1914.
Helena Bonett August 2011
[Handwritten:] Nov. 3 1913
3 Vale Hotel Studios Hampstead N.W.
Dear Mr Manson
Many thanks for your kind note & explanation. I am only able to add a few X’s in my ignorance of the demerits or otherwise of the rest! What a pity Stanley Spencer is not suggested: he has a young brother, too, whose first picture is of infinite promise. I suppose I must attend meetings before grumbling Yrs sincerely Henry Lamb.
How to cite
Henry Lamb, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, 3 November 1913, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/henry-lamb-letter-to-james-bolivar-manson-r1104658, accessed 21 May 2019.