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Chiaroscuro. Fragments of Autobiography.

JOHN Augustus (1952.)

£500.00  [First Edition]

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Illustrations. First edition. 8vo., buckram, dust jacket. London, Jonathan Cape.

A presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper 'To Gerald Kelly from Augustus John 1952'  Sir Gerald Kelly was president of the Royal Academy at the time of the great retrospective exhibition of John at Burlington House in 1954. Tipped in to this copy are two ALSs, with the original envelopes, from John to the collector Villiers David, whose portrait by John is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The earlier letter is undated, but 5 April 32 on the envelope, 2 pages, inviting David to come for more sitting for his portrait, the second letter, dated September 29 1946, one page, inviting David to visit an exhibition of Gwen John.

A few spots to the front cover, the first ALS with a few stains offset from the envelope.

Stock Code: 216873