Huntly Carter Letter to James Bolivar Manson 17 April 1935
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OLD HAMPSTEAD. N.W.3.
Director. Tate Gallery.
I am afraid that I have led you to attach more importance to the Gore item, than belongs to it.
Perhaps its correct description is a colour chart, not a “palette”. I got the word “palette” from Robert Bevan when he suggested that I should make a collection of colour “palettes” of his progressive contemporaries for the purpose of describing them in a series of articles. Each arranged his colours on a chart with written descriptions underneath.
Gore did so with the result indicated in the rough sketch appended.
The chart has a sentimental, aesthetic, technical and historical interest, and I think deserves to be added to a Gore collection especially by a collector who has concentrated his attention mainly upon Gore and has collected his work and material that show the various stages of his career. The chart shows him breaking with the Sickert tradition of low tones and a rather dirty palette & turning to to [sic] the new French clean palette tradition. [end of p.1]
I did mention it to Mr de Grey some time ago and he told me that he has a Gore palette.
Would you suggest that I write to the two gentlemen whose names you are good enough to send, or would you recommend me to try someone else.
Please forgive me for bothering you so much.
[Huntly Carter signature]
24 colours painted on the chart
With a description under each one in Gore’s handwriting.
They form a guide to the colours that he was putting down about 1909
It has an autobiographical interest.
How to cite
Huntly Carter, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, 17 April 1935, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www