Autograph Letter Signed]: RACKHAM, Arthur

Autograph Letter Signed]


Published by Limpsfield, Sussex: , 1930, 1930
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An Arthur Rackham Autograph Letter Signed"I have had to resort to colour to make my 'mark' respectable?"RACKHAM, Arthur. [Autograph Letter Signed] To Mr. J.C.C. Taylor & Mr. Alwin J. Scheuer. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Sussex: 5 Dec., [19]30.Single octavo sheet (6 15/16 x 4 5/16 inches; 176 x 110 mm.), headed Houghton House, Houghton, Arundel (crossed through with ink line)"Stilegate, Limpsfield / J.C.C. Taylor & A. J. Scheuer 5 Dec. '30 / Dear Mr. Taylor, Here are the two books autographed. / In Alice the paper had gone so absorbative / that I have had to resort to colour to make / my 'mark' respectable. / Also here are 20 small pictures for Mr. Scheuer: an odd assortment / for him to choose from. / Yours sincerely / Arthur Rackham. / I enclose list of drawings & prices."Alwin J. Scheuer (1881-1934) was an American dealer and publisher that Rackham had corresponded with regarding the publication of his books in America. From other letters that we have seen, it would appear that J.C.C. Taylor was a collector who frequently corresponded with Arthur Rackham and also Alwin J. Scheuer."By 1929 it had become necessary for the Rackham's to leave Houghton House, partly because Mrs Rackham's health was now too precarious for her to be able to cope with servant problems in the old-fashioned farmhouse, and partly because Rackham had reluctantly decided that he was no longer justified in keeping up two establishments, and believed that he would not need to do so if he lived nearer London. In fact, however, he did not dispose of 6, Primrose Hill Studios until 1938, a year before his death. He now built a house in an attractive situation on the Common at Limpsfield, Surrey, close to the golf course on which he often played. Stilegate was comfortable, easy to run; the garden was delightful; but neither Rackham nor his family were entirely happy there. Rackham naturally missed the surroundings he had loved at Houghton - the rambling old house with its barns and outhouses, the winding Arun, the wooded hills, the Amberley quarry, the beech tree with its knobbly, twisted roots, the magnificent elm, the Elizabethan cottage facing his garden wall - all preserved, here and there, for those who can recognize them, in his drawings of the nineteen-twenties." (Derek Hudson. Arthur Rackham. His Life and Work, p. 129). Bookseller Inventory # 03609

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Title: Autograph Letter Signed]

Publisher: Limpsfield, Sussex: , 1930

Publication Date: 1930

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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