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Literary: correspondence concerning "Painting as a Pastime"., Mar 1947 - Apr 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/40

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Correspondents include: Brian Batsford, director of B T Batsford Limited; representatives of Odhams Press Limited particularly book department manager C L Shard and [William] Surrey Dane [Vice-Chairman and Managerial Consultant] (45); representatives of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited (7); representatives of Fladgate and Company particularly Anthony Moir [WSC's solicitor] (20); John Benn, Chairman of Ernest Benn Limited (3); Count Michael de la Bedoyere, editor of the Catholic Herald, on working in pastel; Alistair Cooke; Sir Stanley Unwin, Governing Director of George Allen and Unwin Limited, on Dutch translation rights; C Musso of Fim Torino offering to publish the book in Italy (4); Arthur Sulzberger, [publisher] of the New York Times; Hamish Hamilton (2) and John Brown on Brown's review of the book. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Chips Gemmell, and Vanda Salmon.Other subjects include: matters concerning the United States edition including promotion and sales; matters concerning the British edition produced by Odham's and Ernest Benn including WSC's payment, reproducing paintings as illustrations, captions, and copyright; WSC providing signed copies of the book; requests for permission to quote extracts and reproduce the illustrations and the article; film rights; matters concerning foreign editions including Finnish, French, German, Swiss, and Japanese publication; an incident involving Swiss infringement of copyright and a charity payment.Also includes: Batsford's leaflet; certificate of US copyright; copy of assignment between WSC and Odham's; details of Harrow School [Middlesex] speeches; various press cuttings including reviews, (1) by John Betjeman; copy of Odham's press release; copy of Art News containing extracts; dummy copy of Ernest Benn and Odham's edition.


  • Mar 1947 - Apr 1953

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