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Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson [1889-1946] English artist, autograph letter. Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson [1889 - 1946] artist. Nevinson was initially influenced by Marinetti and the Futurists and at the outbreak of war in 1914 he went to France with the Friends [i.e. Quaker] Ambulance Unit. He was deeply struck by his experiences and his first paintings made during the war drew on the Futurist styles. These paintings made him famous, but he later changed his style to something more realistic. Throughout his career from his student days he felt persecuted and undervalued and the letter shows this attitude very clearly. He was always a tetchy character, confrontational and he made many enemies. His correspondence held in the Imperial war Museum shows increasingly racist tendencies He suffered a stroke in 1942 and I would guess by the handwriting - he had to use his left hand after the stroke - that this latter dates post 1942. the hand is scrawly - but readable - and has several crossings out. The letter is written in reply to an editor at the London Evening Standard inviting Nevinson to contribute to an ongoing series of 'quandaries' to which celebrities offered their views. Good condition, envelope folds, minor creasing, written rectos only. The enclosure referred to in the first line is not present. I enclose my answer to Quandary 16. Do I get an honorarium??? Or do you use my name to get your paper publicity for nothing??? Poor Lord Rothermere - that great philanthropist is now so hard up owing, I am sure, to his wonderful generousity in the past - that he expects famous professional people to write just for fun to get his papers a good name. I am sure the Beaverbrook press consider a labourer worthy of his hire. BUT perhaps not, poor newspapers even starving artists I find moved to pity by their new straightened circumstances & never suspect these institutions of meanness. I hope you will ask the Lady typist to spell my name right. It is so unrefined to write to a man who is a perfect stranger & call him by his wrong name & wrong initials without even an honorarium!!! C.R.W. Nevinson
Author Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
Date c. 1942
Condition Very good
Pages 2

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