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A framed, matted and glassed reproduction of a monumental WL pencil drawing of Edith Sitwell

A framed, matted and glassed reproduction of a monumental WL pencil drawing of Edith Sitwell, 1921, from the National Portrait Gallery, London (Michel 485). 32 x 41 cm. Also a Portrait Gallery detail colour reproduction of WL's celebrated oil of Sitwell (Tate, Michel P36) sealed into a round NPG glass paperweight and an overall, page-sized colour reproduction of the same Portrait in a glassed frame. 21 x 28 cm.

A large print by Michael Ayrton showing a hawk and its human handler

A large print by Michael Ayrton showing a hawk and its human handler, forceful in its colours and figurative display, with MA's somewhat faded signature and limitation (#44/50) are both in red pencil at the bottom. Redolent of the artist's best dashing style of the 1950s (when he was "ADC" to the blind but book-busy WL). Purchased privately by CJF in 1980s. In brown frame matted and glassed. 46 x 67 cm.

A two-tiered wooden telephone table, together with a rectangular chinaware (lusterware) ashtray

A two-tiered wooden telephone table, together with a rectangular chinaware (lusterware) ashtray, which has a pink glaze design with a coppery edge, and a black and white scene plus a poem in its centre. The two items are prominent in WL's well-known 1938-39 oil of Ezra Pound (see item 17 below) and - the brown table at least - in several other portraits by WL, as well as in photos of him at his Notting Hill Gate, London, flat. WL was evidently fond of pieces, the common-garden table eminently useful as well as Art-Deco picturesque and the ashtray colourful and gracious in the very triteness of its emblazoned verse ("Sailor's Farewell"). In any event, both were transmuted into permanent significance by the artist's hand. Bequeathed to CJF from the Estate of Mrs. Lewis, 1980. Table is 60 cm in height. The ashtray is 19 x 21 cm. (stored in Special Collections.)

Agenda (periodical)

Agenda (periodical)

  • clippings, photocopies
  • correspondence
  • William Cookson to C.J. Fox
  • Lew [A. Head] to C.J. Fox
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