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ALS from 'Mrs Bauhaus'

 
ALS from 'Mrs Bauhaus' by GROPIUS, Ise [Walter Gropius] (1940)
Author: GROPIUS, Ise [Walter Gropius]
Title: ALS from 'Mrs Bauhaus'
 
Year: 1940
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Lincoln, Massachusetts
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £140
 
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Touching thank you note from 'Mrs Bauhaus', Ise Gropius, following a 'talk' by her husband the architect Walter Gropius at Yale University. Written on 'Baker Bridge Road, So. Lincoln. Mass' headed paper (the Gropius family home from 1938 onwards and now a national historic landmark) Mrs Gropius was writing to Margaret Dickey, wife of Yale University's first printer, Carl Purington Rollins, to thank her for asking 'us over to your house after my husband's talk and it was a great pleasure for us to discover old friends among your guests' adding 'One is so apt to lose track of everybody nowadays with so many people moving around continuously...' There is no date to the letter but it was probably written around 1940 and closes with good wishes from Ise and Walter Gropius, signed in full by Ise Gropius. Old fold marks to the watermarked paper. Gropius married the former Ise Frank in 1923 after divorcing from Alma Mahler; the couple fled Nazi Germany in 1934 arriving in the USA via London in 1937 where his first building was his own Bauhaus-inflected family home on Baker Bridge House. Talented as both a photographer and writer it was Walter Gropius who dubbed his wife 'Mrs Bauhaus'.
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