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Autograph Letter, Signed, from Charles Ricketts to Laurence Hodson.
Chelsea N.p. 1902 (2)pp. letter, together with the original envelope postmarked September 20th, 1902. The letter, from Vale Press founder, illustrator, and designer Charles Ricketts to the private press collector and patron Laurence Hodson, offers Ricketts's opinions on the Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1902, of which Hodson was Chairman. The two men shared a love of art, and also a passion for the art of the book. Ricketts writes, "Masefield will probably have told you how charmed we were with the Exhibition as a whole & astonished by the excellence of some of the exhibits. I think taken all round it would be difficult to beat the Print or the Book rooms." He rcompliments the exhibition design, noting, "I was charmed with the blank wood & the delicate linen behind the books[;] the blank wood reminded one of a bookshelf by [Vittore] Carpaccio." Paintings by both Ricketts and his partner Shannon were included in the exhibition: "We thought the Shannon panel very well hung very tranquil & self absorbed. I overheard this over my little picture 'The Samaritan! fancy that!'" As a postscript, Ricketts adds, "I was greatly struck by the excellence & choise [sic] of the Strang drawings. One of mine I intend getting back out of you that it may be forth with burned very slowly in a very hot fire." Letter creased from being folded to fit into the envelope, else fine.
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