Lot 42: Winston Churchill Old Vic Theater Archive
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
October 27, 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Description: CHURCHILL (Sir Winston), and others. A small collection of material relating to The Old Vic Theatre, 1930's, from Mrs Mary St. John Hutchinson (secretary(?) of the Sadler's Wells Society) comprising: A two- page typed draft (undated) for an appeal to friends of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells for subscriptions to acquire the scenery and costumes designed by McKnight Kauffer for a production of Othello at the St. James's Theatre, signed by Churchill, Lord Berners, Lord Balniel and Mary Hutchinson, small hole in page 1, tear on page 2, some staining and soiling; A selection of material relating to the competition to design the safety curtain of the Old Vic in 1938 including: A typed letter (11th April 1938) to Mrs Mary Hutchinson, who was organizing the competition, from Evelyn Williams the clerk of the Old Vic; A telegram (12th May 1938) from Clementine Churchill to Mary Hutchinson which reads "Winston delighted to do what you wish."; A copy of the final competition announcement, with Churchill, Kenneth Clark and C.B. Cochran announced as judges (folded); A handwritten letter from Gwendoline Churchill (Winston's sister-in-law) to Mrs Hutchinson thanking her for an invitation to a reception; A typed letter signed by Charles Pick, the Managing Director of William Heinemann Publishers, dated 16 August 1966 to Mr James Heineman, a previous owner of these items; all in a blue morocco backed cloth flapcase with leather label.
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