[Autograph Letter Signed]: RACKHAM, Arthur

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RACKHAM, Arthur

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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 #

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Publisher: Limpsfield, Sussex: , 1930

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Book Description Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. ("Arthur Rackham") in black fountain pen ink on his Houghton House, Houghton, Arundel letterhead, Stilgate, Limpsfield, November 12, 1931. 4 1/4" x 7"; 1 page; very good (minor signs of handling); 1931. To Mr. Taylor: "Dear Mr. Taylor Here is the Xmas. And I thank you. Owe me for this 8 [pounds] Also 8 for . & 5 for a black & white. Thats' all I think Sincerely Arthur Rackham." Rackham sends a drawing for a Christmas Card (not present) and his charges for two other items, including an unspecified portrait. Rackham (1867-1939), born September 19, 1867; died September 1939; English artist and book illustrator, noted for his fairy tale illustrations. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 602452

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Book Description Houghton, Arundel. Small bifolium, approx. 7 X 4.5 in., written on three sides. The artist answers an inquiry from one of the editors of the little magazine "Palms," who had written to ask for a color illustration. Rackham replies with seemingly polite disdain: "I am little afraid, however, that your 'budget' would find some difficulty over the idea of a colored illustration," and he goes on to list his estimate of the magazine's potential revenue from subscriptions, the price of his own work and the fees for engraving, coming to the conclusion that the total would be "not so far from 1/3 of the magazine's total income! I usually take my share on a royalty basis - but that would not do in this case, & I should want my fee in advance; & also the engraver's fee if they were left to me to deal with. But very many thanks for wishing for my work. . ." A bit of staining, some smudges. Seller Inventory # 204345

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Book Description 16 Chalcot Gardens, [London], 1919. Condition: Creased from prior folding. 3 pp. pen-and-ink on paper. 8vo. Rackham on Peter Pan. The great British gift book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) writes to a Mr. Sutcliffe with news of two upcoming books (Some British Ballads and Cinderella), the whereabouts of the original watercolors for his early masterpiece, Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens, and work on a commissioned bookplate design for collector G.L. Lazarus. Reading in part: "In answer to your letter of the 8th, I have none of the Peter Pan drawings left nor do I know where any of them are as they were all sold to various private buyers by the Leicester Galleries on the occasion of their exhibition many years ago (1906 I think). I am holding a show in New York at Messrs. Scott & Fowles some time this autumn & at this show there will be 2 or 3 drawings, made for the 2nd edition of Peter Pan ." Following on the success of the first Rackham illustrated edition of Peter Pan in 1906, a second edition was published in 1912 with a new color frontispiece, cover design, and seven new full-page illustrations. Mr. Sutcliffe is possibly George Sutcliffe of the high-end London bindery of Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Rackham later used the company to specially bind with works for distribution to friends. Cf. Hudson, Arthur Rackham, p. 168; Riall, p. 240 (for Lazarus bookplate) 3 pp. pen-and-ink on paper. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 302459

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Book Description 1933. RACKHAM, Arthur. Autograph letter signed. Surrey, England, July 28, 1933. Single sheet, measuring 4-1/2 by 7 inches folded; pp. 4 (writing on first and last pages). With archive of related material. $2200.Original lengthy autograph letter from Arthur Rackham, entirely written and signed by him, to a Mrs. Lloyd [Berrall] regarding the theft of his illustrations by American artist Edward Trumbull for a mural in New York's Metropolitan Life Building, with original hand-addressed signed envelope.This autograph letter by Arthur Rackham was written in response to a letter from a Julia Smith Berrall (a.k.a. Mrs. James Lloyd Berrall) of Montclair, New Jersey. Berrall had written to Rackham to inform him that the new murals in New York City's Metropolitan Life Building by muralist Edward Trumbull were "exact copies of the figures in [his] illustrations of Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleeph [sic] Hollow." She further inquired whether Rackham had given permission to Trumbull to use the images. Less than two weeks later—incredibly quickly for transatlantic mail—Rackham penned an outraged response. The letter, written from Rackham's home in "Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, England" and dated "28.7.33," reads: "Dear Mrs. Lloyd, Many thanks for your letter. You are quite right in assuming that. I know nothing about Mr. Trumbull's theft of my designs—for it is nothing less. I will take steps to find out whether there is anything to be done about it. That whether Mr. Trumbull is on the safe side of the law or not (& one fears he may have taken steps to find out, before embarking) it is a strange mentality that allows one artist to lift the work of another without even the courtesy of an acknowledgement. I am indeed surprised that a man in such a position as Mr. Trumbull appears to be should so demean himself. One would think that any artist would feel it to be an outrage, which it certainly is. Yrs sincerely, Arthur Rackham. PS. The question of International Copyright is one that to my sorrow the United States will not agree with the rest of us about." Included with the letter to Mrs. Berrall are a copy of an article concerning the murals in the May 1933 issue of Pencil Points that showed pictures of the murals, but made no reference to Rackham; a copy of Berrall's letter to Rackham; a handwritten letter on Montclair Art Museum stationary which appears to be a draft of Berrall's letter to Publisher's Weekly inquiring about the plagiarism issue and inquiring as to whether Pencil Points was aware of Rackham's ownership of the mural images; a letter to Berrall from Publisher's Weekly confirming that Metropolitan Life was aware of the plagiarism and was attempting to come to a settlement with Rackham; a draft of an article by Jesse Mann of The Chatham Bookseller who acquired the Berrall/Rackham material and attempted to find out the ultimate disposition of Rackham's claim against Metropolitan Life; a copy of a letter from The Book Collector to Mann asking for additional information on the Met Life building; and Mann's finished article, published in The Book Collector in 1996.Autograph signed letter and envelope fine. A fascinating and desirable collection of items. Signed. Seller Inventory # 86083

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