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Journal, 29 Sep. 1927-7 Jan. 1928 (with inserted photographs dating 1926-1927)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/26

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1927-III' and mostly comprises diary entries (many concern Glen Byam Shaw and Stephen Tennant).

It also includes:

- prose passages: /27v-30r. 'A letter to Stephen which he will never read'; /74v-76r. 'An example of the way Stephen is discussed and interpreted by the 'Wilsford Party''; /106r-106v. 'Stephen's 'Nannie''.

- a list of number of words written: /2r.

- a list of persons 'Copies of Heart's Journey [sent] to': /2v.

- a list of monies spent, including Christmas presents: /2v.

- a list of social engagements and locations of nights spent away from home: /1v.

- pasted in photographs: /2r. Image of Stephen Tennant sitting on a rug with a parrot; /28v. Stephen Tennant holding his face between his hands; pasted over text obscured with ink; /74r. Stephen Tennant in shirt and tie with arms outstretched; /90r. Stephen Tennant with his bust by [Sir Jacob] Epstein; /104r. 'Stephen in his 8th year' in a dress with necklace, bracelets and head-ribbon; /109v. 'Stephen and his mother' seated on ?the deck of a ship; /110r. 'Rex Whistler, 'Nannie', and Stephen' (Switzerland, 1926) standing in snow in front of a building; /133v. View of the house at Wilsford; /134r. Image of Stephen Tennant sitting on cushions with a parrot on his shoulder.

- pasted in press cuttings: /Front cover inside. re bequests made by Leo Francis Howard Schuster; /77v. Advertisement for a production of 'And So To Bed'; /Back cover inside. 'Sir Francis Rose [and Gabriel Aitkin] in a car crash'.

N.B. Enclosures and a detached folio are to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 29 Sep. 1927-7 Jan. 1928 (with inserted photographs dating 1926-1927)


Conditions Governing Access

From the Series:

The First World War journals and some post-war journals (MSS Add.9852/1/4-25 and 32) are unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition. Digital copies of these items are provided in the Sassoon Journals section of the Cambridge Digital Library, The other journals are available for consultation.


1 collection (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 134 ff.); 1 envelope paper; photograph)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

folio /7 is detached.

Related Materials

For Sassoon's reworked transcript of this diary, see MS Add.9852/2/2. For a full transcript by Rupert Hart-Davis, see MS Add.9852/12/7/1/3.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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