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Three Pencil Drawings and a Letter

Three Pencil Drawings and a Letter by ARDIZZONE, Edward (1974)

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Author: ARDIZZONE, Edward
Title: Three Pencil Drawings and a Letter
Year: 1974
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Sittingbourne, Kent
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £1000
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Three enchanting pencil drawings by Edward Ardizzone; a 1974 autograph letter from the artist to a collector, and a later Christmas card signed by Catherine Ardizzone. The three sketched drawings, unmistakably Ardizzone in style, depict a mother and child, a pair of figures clinging to one another and a female nude in a life class with the final scrap of the paper used for a blue crayonned note to himself about a phone call. Ardizzone has made the drawings on the verso of a 1961 letter sent to him from M E George at the Oxford University Press requesting the artist's help with a Children's Book Show. Ardizzone's autograph letter provides context for the collection as it was sent to the autograph collector Colin Huggett in response to his request that the artist 'sign my books for you.' Huggett put together a substantial collection by writing to creative figures asking them for snippets of manuscript from their wastepaper baskets - evidently the drawings were just such an offering. Additionally a Christmas card to Huggett from Catherine Ardizzone incorporating an Edward Ardizzone image of Christmas musicians. Also the Ashmolean Museum's Centenary catalogue from 2000 ofr their Ardizzone exhibition and a couple of postcards acquired at the exhibition. The douments are housed in an attractive cloth bound bespoke document folder with ties: together, a lovely group.
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