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Augustus John
Captivating collection of forthright and raspish letters from artist Augustus John to his former muse and lover Viva King, 1920s-1940s.
1928. It is business as usual and we continue to ship all around the UK and the world. A group of 4 original handwritten letters, nine pages in total, from Augustus John to Viva King. Written in black ink. Undated but circa 1928 to 1950s. Addressed 'Dear Viva' or 'My dear Viva', and signed 'Augustus' and 'Augustus John'. One addressed from Alderney Manor (Dorset) [1927 or earlier], two addressed from Fryern Court (Fordingbridge) [circa 1940s], and one from Alvan T. Fuller's house, Runnymede-by-the-sea in New Hampshire, U.S.A. [1928]. Various sizes: 17.7cm x 13.5cm, 19.3cm x 14.7cm, 25.2cm x 16.3cm, and 25.4cm x 20.4cm Very Good to Good condition. Folds for mailing. Light creasing. Light age-toning to paper, and minor browning / dustiness to last page of one letter. One letter with several small closed tears to edges and folds, one running across the signature, but otherwise text unaffected. Please ask if you require a more detailed condition report, or view gallery images. A highly engaging series of 4 letters written at different times in the 1920s to 1950s from artist Augustus John to Bohemian socialite Viva King, a woman with a larger than life personality who was at the centre of artistic and intellectual circles in London for over 40 years. She posed for a portrait by Augustus John in 1921, and they were lovers for some time. Their friendship endured throughout their lives, as these letters demonstrate, with John's tone exuding a frankness typical of past intimacies. King was referred to by Osbert Sitwell as both 'the Queen of Bohemia' and 'the Scarlet Woman'. "Viva Ki … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: kernoozers [Ascot, United Kingdom]
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