Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Wallace Collection [1]

Object Title

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Wallace Collection [1]

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Wallace Collection [1]

Date

1921-38

Reference

MANN 18/13 1

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Item

Scope and Content

1921/1a: Draft letter in French to M. le directeur, sending three photographs of a helmet in the Wallace Collection and suggesting an exchange of photographs in the collection rather than cash payment,
1921/1: Letter from P Ducati, director of the Museo Civico, Bologna, dated 5 October, 1921, thanking for photographs of helmet in the Wallace Collection and promising the sending of photographs of a shield in the collection to S.J. Camp of the Wallace Collection,
1921/2: Letter from S.J. Camp, Wallace Collection, to 'Dear Mr. Mann', dated 12th October 1921, acknowledging JGM's help in arranging the exchange of photographs, offering to obtain pamphlets from Buttin and to exchange photographs of Cinquedeas,
1921/3: Letter from S.J. Camp, Wallace Collection, to 'Dear Mr. Mann', dated 12 November, 1921, thanking for photographs and offering advice on obtaining publications,
1921/4: Letter from S.J. Camp, Wallace Collection, to 'Dear Mr. Mann', dated 9th Dec. 1921, sending Buttins' address,
1927/5: Letter from S.J. Camp, Wallace Collection, to 'My dear Mann', dated 30th Sep. 1927, addressed to Westminster Bank, Place Vendome, Paris, discussing places in Paris connected with Lord Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace and details of a soon to be printed catalogue and the projected catalogue of the Churburg collection,
1932/6: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', on Wallace Collection paper, but from 'Domus, Beaconsfield', dated 26th Aug. 1932, discussing delays in Treasury approval for the appointment of Trenchard Cox and personal financial problems.
1932/7: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', on Wallace Collection paper, dated 11 Oct. 1932, apologising for not having written and discussing JGM's move to the Institute and his own ill-health,
1933/8: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', from 'Domus, Curzon Avenue, Beaconsfield', dated 6th Feb. 1933, mentioning his own illness and regretting that he had not be able to attend Lord Dillon's funeral or JGM's own lectures,
1933/9: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', on Wallace Collection paper, dated 4th Oct. 1933, thanking for sending on Zimmeter's article and JGM's lecture list for the present term and mentioning the new Wallace Collection Guide,
1933/10: Letter from Trenchard Cox to 'My dear Mann, from the Wallace Collection, dated October 30th 1933, thanking for kinds words about the new Guide,
1934/11: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', on Wallace Collection paper, dated 7th March 1934, announcing that he is back at Hertford House and discusing our Chanfron,
1934/12: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', on Wallace Collection paper, dated 20th April 1934, discussing book purchases,
1934/13: Letter from S.J. Camp, to 'My dear Mann', dated 24th May, 1934, thanking for 'your 'Armour worn in Spain''. ['Notes on the Armour worn in Spain from the tenth to the fifteenth century' Archaeologia. LXXXII (1933)],
1930/14-28: Letters and cards thanking for offprints of 'Notes on the armour of the Maximilian Period and the Italian Wars' [Archaeologia. LXXIX (1929)], from F.H. Cripps-Day, R.L. Scott, F.M. Kelly, C.T.P. Barley (V&A), Ch. Buttin, E. Haenel (Dresden), R. Wegeli (Bern), [illegible signature, Paris], A.E. Popham (B.M.), R. ? Villemin (Musee de l'Armee, Paris), R. Cederstrom (Stockholm), C. ffoulkes, E.A. Gessler (Zurich), H. D. Barnes, G.H. Palmer (For the Director, V&A),
1936/29: Draft of letter, dated 12 May, 1936, from JGM to 'Dear Sir Robert' [Witt], about his decision to apply for the Keepership of the Wallace Collection. 'It was very kind of you... to offer to convass support among the other Trustees. They are Sir John Stirling Maxwell, Sir Philip Sassoon, Lord Duveen, Sir Alec Martin, Sir L. Faudel-Philipps, Evan Charteris, C.A. St.J. Hanby, Sir Lionel Earle.',
1936/30: Draft of letter, dated 12 May, 1936, from JGM to 'Dear Sir John Stirling Maxwell, dated 12 May, 1936, about his intention to apply for the Keepership of the Wallace Collection. 'I had always hoped that one day I should succeed poor Camp, but when I left to go to the Courtauld Institute I did not expect that the vacancy would occur so soon. I knew that by doing so I was rather jeopardising my chances of succession, but I wanted to get wider experience in a more active field.',
1936/31: Draft of letter, dated 12 May, 1936, from JGM to 'Dear Sir Robert', dated 14 May, 1936. I am convinced that it would really be impolitic for me to send you a list of porposed improvements at H.H. It might so easily be misconstrued.',
1936/32: Letter, dated 14 May, 1936, from John Stirling Maxwell to 'Dear Mr. Mann', from Pollock House, Glasgow, acknowledging his letter of 14th May. 'I need scarcely say that your application for the vacancy caused by poor Camp's death will be very carefull considered.',
1936/33: Letter, dated 21/v/36, from Robert Witt to 'My dear Mann': 'I have written officially & warmly to the Chairman & asked him to bring by letter before his Colleagues on the Board & I am also talking to the other Trustees in the same sense so hope for the best.',
1936/34: Letter, dated 26/v/36, from Robert Witt to 'My dear Mann': 'I have heard from Stirl. Maxwell who has promised me to read my letter about your Candidature to the Board at their next meeting. I head Gibson & Leigh Ashton are both Candidates too, but I hope for the best for the Wallace and for you.',
1936/35: Letter, dated 4 June 1936, from John Stirling Maxwell to 'Dear Mr. Mann', from Pollock House, Glasgow, but on Carlton Club notepaper: 'The Wallace Trustees at their meeting today decided to offer you the appointment of Keeper, subject to Treasury approval. They also decided to limited the appointment to five years at the end of which it would of course be renewable.',
1936/35a: Typed extract of a letter, dated 4 June, 1936, to Sir James Rae, Treasury Chambers, from Sir John Stirling Maxwell, informing him of the Trustees' intention to appoint JGM as Keeper: 'The Trustees also decided to limit the appointment to five years not on account of any doubt about Mr. Mann's ability but because they consider a permanent appointment unwise. If Treasury approval is required for this change I hope their lordships will be able to give it.... I told the Trustees, but not Mr. Mann, that the Treasury proposed to reduce the salary to ú1,000...',
1936/36-40: Letters of congratulation on appointment from Trenchard Cox(4 June), Basil Camp (6 June), Robert Witt (8/vi/36), Felix Port [Post] (9/6/36), H. Ishward Keay (National Gallery, 11 June),
1936/41: Letter, dated 22.vi.36, from John Stirling Maxwell to 'Dear Mr. Mann', informing him that the Teasury has pointed out that the Trustees decision to limit the appointment to a period of five years renders the post unpensionable and that the salary has been fixed at ú1,000 a year. 'The Trustees ask me to express their hope that you may be able to accept their offer.',
1936/42: Draft of letter, dated 23 June 1936, from JGM to 'Dear Sir John Stirling Maxwell' accepting the appointment and the 'risk to my future career which them imply... I hope that my tenure of the post may be sufficiently successful to influence the Trustees at the end of the initial five years to recommend to the Treasury that the post should revert to the conditions on which it has been held hitherto as part of the permanent establishment of the Civil Service.... I am prepared to take over my duties on July 1st.',
1936/43: Draft of letter, dated 24 June 1936, from JGM to 'Dear Lord Lee', informing him of his acceptance of the Keepership of the Wallace Collection. 'The loss of pensions rights is a serious consideration which has made me hesitate to accept a post which I have long hoped I might one day fill...',
1936/44: Letter, dated 25 June 1936, from John Stirling Maxwell to 'Dear Mr. Mann' acknowledging his letter of the 23rd and discussing plans for redecorating and rearranging the Galleries,
1936/45: Letter of congratulation on appointment, dated 27 June 1936, from L. Faudel Phillips, Balls Park, Hertford,
1936/46: Carbon copy of letter dated 29 June, 1936, from JGM to 'The Director of the Courtauld Institute' resigning from the two posts of Depury Director of the Institute and Reader in the History of Art in the University of London,
1936/47: Letter, dated June 30 1936, from WG to 'My dear Mann' regretting his resignation,
1936/48-107: Letters and cards congratulating JGM on his appointment to the Keeepership of the Wallace Collection, from: Dr. George C. Williamson, Mr and Mrs Philip Guedalla, S. Falcke of the Falcke Art Association, H.D. Ziman, Martin Holmes, A.A. Gorden Clark, G.M. Rushforth, G. Catlin, E.P. Goldschmidt, Alec Clifton Taylor, [ ], L. Coad, A.E. Kendrick, John Steegman, Charles ffoulkes, A.H. Smith, Howard Squ[ ], F.W. Dean, W.R. Lamb (Royal Academy of Arts), R.A. Roberts, Ian Robertson (Ashmolean Museum), Angela Mond, Randolph Schwabe, F. Gordon Roe, A.R. Dufty, W.L. Hildbrough, F.M. Kelly, W.H. Quarrell..., ... C.F. Bell, H. B. Johnson (Barking Museum), G.H. Ryan, Basallet [Greetings Telegram], Jack W. Goodison, C.H. Gl[ ]church, R.L. Scott, G.A. Cooke, Carola Lemanton, John Colville, Eric Millar, Reginald Hurd, Janet Johnson, M de Waghenfelt, Herbert Chitty, William King (Oriental antiquities, B.M.), Barnard Ashmole, Sydney E. Butler, William Martin, Harry M.A.C., R., K. G. Johns, Isabella M. Brunton, M.J. Rendal, Evan [?], Richard Barnyeat, Julia a Deak, Stella Locker Lampson, James Laver (V&A), P.E. Mathew, Mabel Newman, Edith Jennings, Rose Graham, [NB Some of these signatures and surnames may well have been misread],
1938/108: Draft of letter dated 9 June 1938 from JGM to 'Dear Sir John [Stirling Maxwell]' asking whether the Trustees were likely to object to his applying for the post of Master of the Armouries at the Tower of London which 'will shortly be vacant. ... It is a part time post with a small emolument, & since Lord Dillon's time it has been held in conjunction with a full time post at one of the Museums - much in the same way as the present Director of the National Gallery is Keeper of the King's Pictures. I do not think the duties need conflict with my work here. The present holder, Major ffoulkes, combined it with the Imperial War Museum, which is a more complex department than this. As you know the study of Armour has occupied most of my leisure since boyhood & it would be a matte of pride to me to hold a post which is usually reserved for the leading authority on the subject in the country...',
1938/109: Letter dated 11 June 1938 from John Stirling Maxwell to 'Dear Mann': 'I am sure none of the Trustees would object to your taking on the job of Master of the Armouries at the Tower and I hope the authorities, who ever they are, will have the good sense to appoint you...',
1938/110: Pencilled draft on the back of an invitation card thanking Sir John for his kind letter. 'The post of Master of the Armouries comes under the Office of Works...',
1936/111: Undated letter, acknowledged by JGM 3-vii-36, from Beatrice Spencer at the Courtauld Institute relating to research: 'the Gunmakers Company Minutes are yielding a lost of information and I now find I can skim through them quickly',
1937/112: Undated letter, with a pencilled date in JGM's handwriting, from F. Carlin, thanking for kindness,
1948/113: Letter dated 23.ii.48, from Francis Watson at the Wallace Collection to 'My dear Mann' in Dorset, encouraging his to stay and rest for as long as possible: 'we have been remarkably quiet... The Board of Trade began badgering me for your draft memorandum about the Hearst armour some time ago and I sent it off to them with one or two very small verbal emendations. I can however easily add to it you additional paragraph.... Cecil tells me that all is well at George Street and that there is no sign of frozenpipes or even of burgulars - the word has perhaps gone around that they have had most of your possesions!',
1948/114: Letter dated 24 February 1948 from Robert Cecil at the Wallace Collection to 'My dear Mann': We were so delighted to get your letter and to know that you were comfortable, enjoying youself and really feeling better. Also that you hade decided to stay a little longer. ..' General news about the Wallace Collection and the state of Mann's house,
1948/115: Letter dated 1.iii.48, from Francis Watson at the Wallace Collection, encouraging JGM to stay longer in Dorset: 'it seems a pity to return from the country to London where there is, I assure you, absolutely nothing requiring immediate attention here and at the Tower Kennard seems perfectly able to carry on. He was here last week and found the de Belleval MS which has now gone back to Mme Buttin. I gave here the opportunity to come here an arrange with me a bogus sale of her books to avoid payment in francs but she seems now quite reconciled to the Treasury's treatment of her and I am rather glad to have been able to keep clear of any sub-legal arrangements.', News of the death of a member of staff who had served since 1918 and a note about mistakes relating to Wallace Collection items in J. Lees-Milne's 'Age of Adam'. 'I have looked up my letters and find I gave him most minutely accurate particulars about the pieces he illustrates and he has got them absolutely muddled up in the book which is a pity.'

Extent

1 folder

Access Conditions

Open access

Associations

Creator(s) Sir James G. Mann

Contents

  MANN 18/13 1 - Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - Wallace Collection [1]