Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - C.F. Bell [2]

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Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - C.F. Bell [2]

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - C.F. Bell [2]

Date

1949-51

Reference

MANN 18/5 2

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1949/28: Letter from C.F. Bell to 'My dear Mann', dated 20 Sept. 1949, discussing among other things, the devaluation and how it would affect the 'gay crowd of eruditi - K. Clark, Hendy, Colin Agnew... in Venice',
1951/29: Letter from C.F. Bell to 'My dear Mann', dated 14 May, 1951, discussing an uniedntified 'fraud', the Greenwich armour exhibition at the Tower and the relocation of the tomb of the Duke of Exeter in St. Peter ad Vincula: 'This interests me greatly because it was my Poynter grandfather who rescued it, I have always understood in the teeth oc complete apathy and some opposition, when the old church of St. Katherine's was broken up as builders' rubble, and got it transferred to the new church which he designed. I wondered when I last saw it all bricked up four or five years ago what its fate would be.... You will forgive me for once if I end up a letter of thanks by telling you how long and how deeply I have felt indebted to your loyal affection, how delighted I have been at every step in distinction so richly earned by you. I like to think that the atmosphere created by Arthur Evans at the Ashmolean affected us all for the good...',
1951/30: Letter from C.F. Bell to 'My dear Mann', dated 19 June, 1951, with a long discussion of some of the pseudo-mediaeval detail - heraldry etc. in the Church at St. Katherine and of the refurbishment of St. Peter ad Vincula. 'I think that Willement may have been equal to designing things in 1825 which one would rather suspect to be the work of Pugin, a quarter of a century later... It was a gret pity the 'restoration' of St. Peter-ad-Vincula was postponed for so long. I am afraid some of the Victorian horrors, paid for by the Queen, must be laid at the door of my Cousin Doyne Bell. He was responsible for the Dean-Stanleyish digging up and sifting of the poor bones over which you and the other principal performers will be standing on July 5!',
1951/31: Letter from the Athenaeum, Pall Mall, from [M.W. Brochenski], dated April 2, no year: 'I gather that Lamb and Hind, who have lately enquired after Bell, would like to come into any memorial to him. This morning I learnt on the telephone that Bell is in bed with shingles!

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  MANN 18/5 2 - Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - C.F. Bell [2]