Book Description
Edward Bawden [1903-1989] painter and graphic artist. Autograph letters to Michael Rothenstein [1908-1993] artist and printmaker at Great Bardfield, two letters, largely on the subject of a young man named 'John Wood' whom Bawden sees potential in, yet is clearly also exasperated by. In the second letter he comments favourably on his students at the Banff Scool of Fine Arts in Canada. The first letter of two pages, undated. Clive Gardiner [1891-1960, poster designer and illustrator and Principal of Goldsmiths between 1929 and 1958] has agreed to accept John Wood for Goldsmiths simply upon my word for for it that he is a student worth having....I told John that I thought he ought to get to town next week to see both Camberwell & Goldsmiths for himself. I feel I have interfered enough in J.W.'s affairs....the only thing I wanted to make sure about was that he wld be able to get into an art school for certain..... The second letter is an air mail letter from Canada where Bawden was teaching in 1949 at the Banff School of Fine Arts. A few days before I had yr letter I received two air mail letters from Charlotte [Bawden's wife] whc were mainly devoted to the same subject : how troublesome J.W. was being both to you & to her, and of his incapacity to look after his own interests. My immediate reaction was one of extreme annoyance & as a consequence I wrote him a very blunt letter to point out that in the first place he ought to accept admission to Camberwell as being in the nature of a privilege....he would learn a great deal at any Art School whether or not he agreed with the point of view of the instructors.....if he doesn't get himself into an Art School by the end of September I intend to give up trying to help him....my exasperation with J.W. was increased by the reflection that he had some talent & made no use of it, whereas many of the students here who don't seem to possess any talent at all do achieve much more than he has ever done simply because of their enthusiasm to learn & their willingness to work hard. I have never before had a class that has achieved so much. The other day I counted all the finished paintings which had been hung on the walls : there were ninety...it is true we had one neurotic creature, a mad middle-aged Englishwoman, who thought she was entitled to a studio & model to herself..... Both letters in good condition.
Author Edward Bawden
Date 1949
Binding no binding
Publisher
Condition Very good
Pages 5

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