Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - F.M. Kelly [2]

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Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - F.M. Kelly [2]

Sir James Gow Mann - Papers - Letters - F.M. Kelly [2]

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1929-35

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MANN 18/7 2

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1929/10: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 27 Aug 1929, from 12 Redcliffe Gdns, S.W.10, addressed to JGM at the Wallace Collection: Has been reorganising his notes and in doing so has come across two resulting from a conversation with 'the late Camillo List, the 'custos' of the Armoury in Vienna which he hopes JGM can confirm: the existence of the signature of Tommaso da Missaglia in full 'engraved in pointille on the collar on one of the Churburg suits and the existence of a superb suit of Gothic armour in the Rathhaus Museum, 'surpassing' any in the Armoury. Has also found a number of valuable references to German armour effigies,
1929/11: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 29/8/1929, thanking for a photograph and discussing the development of leg harness. 'I fancy the late Hofrat List must have been in his dotage to send both you & me to the Rathaus on such a wild-goose chace, & to say, as he certainly did to me, that Missaglia had signed on a suit. The misfortunes of Vienna consequent on the War had, I gathered, shaken him badly.',
1929/12: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 27 Sept. 1929, asking whether he knew of any illustration, other than the Pershore knight, of 'the ventaille of the mail hood untied and exposing the throat, and whether Graf Trapp would allow him, FK, to reproduce an illustration from the Churburg catalogue de Luxe,
1929/12a: Draft of letter from JGM to 'My dear Kelly', dated 13-x-29, replying to the above[end]
1929/13: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 27 Oct 1929, enthusing over the Churburg catalogue, while querying some nomenclature, and discussing photographs of the silver St. George statuette from Barcelona,
1929/13a: Draft letter from JGM to 'My dear Kelly' dated 27-x-29, thanking for letter and for details of photographs of the silver St. George from Barcelona,
1929/14: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 24/11/'29, thanking for notes on 'belated 'hundsgugeln' in art' and sending a list of 'crested breasts prior to 'Maximilian' armour',
1930/15: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 14 March, 1930, denying responsibility for a printer's error in his review of the Churburg catalogue in the Times Lit. Suppl.,
1930/16: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 26 March, 1930, reporting that he had been asked to review the Churburg catalogue for 'Apollo' and that in all he had reviewed it for the 'Observer', 'Times (Lit. Suppl.)', 'Artwork' and now 'Apollo',#
1930/17: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 14 May, 1930, thanking for information, discussing 'Harmand's otherwise excellent 'Jeanne d'Arc'' and bemoaning the fact that much useful information is buried in the transactions of various learned societies unbeknownst to those who are interested in the subject,
1930/18: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 15 June, 1930, discussing the de Vere monument at Castle Hedingham and the form of the globose breastplate. Last page dated 23 June, 1930, discussing the Ambras inventories,
1930/18a: Draft letter from JGM to 'My dear Kelly' dated 27-vi-30 thanking for appreciative comments on his notes on Maximilian armour and replying to various queries in the above letter. 2 ff.,
1930/18b: Draft letter from JGM to 'My dear Kelly' undated but also discussing reactions to his article on Maximilian armour. Much altered and possibly never sent,
1930/19: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 24 Aug. 1930, thanking for kind letter and discussing effigies in Salisbury Cathedral. 'I have never seen effigies worse defaced by trippers' penknives than those in the nave at Salisbury...',
1930/20: Postcard from F.M. Kelly thanking JGM for recommending Halton Holgate 'which I wouldn't have missed for words...',
1930/21: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 4 June 1931, thanking for copy of 'your admirable paper in Archaeologia... Is there -do you think? - any prospect of the authentic elements in the Grazie armours now being sorted out, properly cleaned and decently re-assembled and set up ? 2 ff.,
1931/22: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 28 June, 1931, asking for recommendations of effigies, etc., to se in the Lancashire/Yorkshire area,
1931/23: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 12 Aug. 1931, commenting on 'your excellent article on sculptured Greenwich armours in The Connoisseur' and on the peculiar treatment of the mail on the Sir John Neville figure at Harewood (sketch), and asking for help over some Houdon busts,
1931/24: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'My Mann', dated 15 Aug. 1931, thanking for permission to consult Giacometti's 'Vie et oeuvre de Houdon' in the Wallace Collection,
1933/25: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 17 Jan 1933, from 37 Hollywood Road, S.W.10, discussing photographs borrowed from Cripps-Day and others and the 'Elizabethan exhibition' and going on to criticise the display of the costumes in the exhibition. 'Who on earth suggested entrusting the setting up of the costumes to Wace? A very nice fellow no doubt, & I believe he is an authority on tapestry, but as to costume, he knows about as little as a man in his particular post conceivably could... What a pity you could not have got young Nevinson....[end] ... He is pathetically keen & the official machine has killed his initiative...' and much more. Goes on to suggest additions of portraits that could have been made and that might still be added, including Henry Harris's 'splendid full-length Thomas Ratcliffe Earl of Sussex by Gheeraerts.' 2 ff.,
1933/26: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 11 Feb. 1933, discussing the monuments in Wiston church. The church belongs to a private estate and... there is a conspicuous notice posted in the porch forbidding cameras & sketch-books.' 'The Royal Historical Society have just paid me the honour of electing me a Fellow...',
1933/27: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 15 Feb. 1933, sending two photographs of twelfth century sculpture showing mail. ['Relief on W. front, church of S. Zeno, Verona, c. 1138.' and 'Capital from church of N.D. de la Couldre, Parthenay (Deux Sevres) c. 1140. Now on adjoining school-house.',
1933/28: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 25 March 1933, thanking for photo of King Eric,
1933/29: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 17 April, 1933, returning photograph of the portrait of King Eric XIV of Sweden and discussing the survival of early costume and the ravages of moths. 2 ff.,
1933/30: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 4/7/1933, thanking for offprints ('Instances of Antiquarian feeling...' and ?) and discussing effigies in the Lord Mayor's chapel in Bristol. Also the 'Saltmarshe effigy at Howden' with the double ties of the ventil of the mail hood,
1934/31: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 17-iii-'34, asking whether he has a copy of Angelucci's Documenti Inediti and discussing the Royal Academy exhibition of British Art,
1934/32: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 22-iii-1934 recommending the 'large facsimile of Bodley M.S.264 'Romance of Alexander',
1934/33: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 9-v-1934 thanking for offprint on Spanish armour previous to the XVth century and discussing current Spanish scholarship,
1934/34: Postcard from F.M. Kelly to 'Dear Mann', dated 2-vi-1934, asking Have you seen my 'Hounskull' article in this month's 'Connoisseur'... after keeping it for three years & making a number of 'cuts', they returned it to me last month with a request that I would add 300 words. I took occasion to mention that since I first wrote it, your paper on 'Antiquarian feeling in mediaeval & Renaissance art' had appeared. Also I mentioned the Dijon Philippe le Hardi with acknowledgement of my indebtedness to Beard. Both acknowledgments have been struck out!...,
1934/35: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 14-vi-'34; 'You can hardly have been more surprised at the appearance of the Hans Leiden bascinet in my 'hounskull' article in this month's 'Connoisseur'... I had seen no proof of the block, nor had I so much as mentioned it to the editor in connection with my subject.'... I hope 'Apollo' will publish my van Dyck 'discovery' by September... Glad you approved of my (much truncated) article in the 'Burlington',
1935/36: Letter from F.M. Kelly to 'My dear Mann', dated 9-3-1935, thanking to invitation to hear your paper on Wednesday 13th. 'I am looking forward to a deal of valuable information about the Gonzaga armour'. 'Have you by chance seen the January Gazette des Beaux Arts? I have an article there on a Van Dyck from the Cabinet de Gaignieres now in the U.S.A.' 'I have another article on the stocks... on an armoured portrait at Parma...' 'Do you see that Cripps-Day & Walther Rose are having a little joust 'a armes courtoises' in the Z.H.W.K. shortly?' MS notes in pencil in JGm's hand: Count Oddi's armour, Tower princes' armour Henry VIII pistol shields mortuary sword Celini shield....

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