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Roloff Beny Collection of signed book with 12 letters and ephemera dating from 1943 to 1972
AGO National Gallery of Canada, 1972. 1st Edition. . Good. Roloff Beny Collection consists of an Aegean Note-book Published and signed by Roloff Beny the author, in 1950 and 12 pieces of ephemera including correspondence between Roloff Beny Canadian artist and photographer and his friend, "Mac" ("my boy") Cecil Garland Stewart McKeown. 1943-1972.THE AEGEAN NOTEBOOK:An Aegean Note-book; Comments on a Mid-Century Odyssey in Greece (Lethbridge: Published by the author, 1950). Limited First edition. 150/250. Signed by Beny on colophon page. 20 lithographs with his impressions of Greek culture during his visit there in 1948. Black paper-covered boards. Photo-illustrated inside cover, red back inside cover. Illustrated title page with tissue-guard. Lithographs numbered and titled, tissue-guards laid in between cardboard pages. 12 ITEMS OF CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER EPHEMERA:#1) To McKeown: TLS, 19 July 1943, 3 pp.; #2) ALS (card with envelope), 8 February 1946; #3) TLS, 13 March 1946, 1 p.; #4) ALS, 8 December 1946, 2 pp. with envelope; #5) ALS with envelop, 2 pp, 6 May 1947; #6) ALS with envelope, 2 pp. (section at right bottom missing); #7) ALS with envelope, 9 November 1947, 1 p.; #8) 6 telegrams, 31 August 1945-3 November 1949.#9) From McKeown, TLS, 6 May 1947, 4 pp., signed Mac.#10) From Paul to McKeown, undated ALS from Marshall's Bay, Monday Night, 2 pp., re Beny.#11) From Shelley to McKeown, ALS with envelope, 21 February 1972, Rome 1972, written by a woman who mentions "Peggy" most likely Beny's friend Peggy Guggenheim and how Beny is off in Rajasthan photographing.#12) a 1946 student art exhibition flyer in Iowa (13th annual student salon of art, 19 May 1946) listing several pieces by Beny.This correspondence is detailed and entertaining. It begins with a letter from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Beny's birthplace, in which Beny says that he is about to go to work ("my shift at the garage") and then discusses his reading (Virginia Woolf, English and American poets, Cornelius Otis Skinner, Thomas Mann, Thomas Wolfe, Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde), reports on the activities of their friends, has completed a large canvas, and is practicing speaking Spanish. In 1946 Beny is a student in Iowa City, reading Bertrand Russell, Evelyn Waugh, Sinclair Lewis, John Dewey, and Canadian poetry. But he is busy painting and etching. He is attempting to sell his art to the Chicago Art institute and elsewhere. The correspondence chronicles their friendship, studies, Beny's artistic ambitions, arrangements for travel, intellectual pursuits  (poetry, theater, movies, etc.), and their mutual friends. Beny's letter of 6 May 1947 announces that he has lost his virginity "the night before I flew home at Easter perfectly timed n'est-ce pas?".Book and correspondence in a pictorial black cloth clam shell box. (obituary).Roloff Beny was born Wilfred Roy Beny in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was a Canadian photographer who spent the better part of his life in Rome and on his photographic travels throughout the world. Beny studied at the University of Toronto, took art classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the University of Iowa. At Iowa, he studied with master printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. He won awards throughout a long career, beginning with The Thrones of Earth and Heaven in 1958. To Every Thing There is a Season: Roloff Beny in Canada is a study of his native land. In 1972 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Beny's work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Yale University Art Gallery. The circle of friends around him-actors, artists, collectors, writers-included such figures as Laurence Olivier, Stephen Spender, Rose Macauly, Bernhard Berenson, Jean Cocteau, Henry Moore, and other luminaries of art and literature. Cecil Garland Stewart McKeown completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton University in 1953 (thesis entitled "A Study of Perception"). He taught at Carleton College and elsewhere.This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
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