A substantial collection of autograph letters signed, signatures, and photographs, comprising in excess of 1500 items
including autograph letters signed (or occasionally letters signed) by: Royals, George III (document signed), Princess Charlotte (2), Princess Charlotte of Wales (2), as well as signatures of many others including George IV, William IV, children of George III, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, George V, signatures of Edward VIII and George VI as children), Napoleon III, Wenzel Prince of Kaunitx; Politicians, including Robert Walpole, Lord North, Lord Hawkesbury (on book collecting), Castlereagh, Palmerston, Lord John Russell, 14th Earl of Derby, Daniel O'Connell, Aberdeen, and Garibaldi (signature and photograph); Artists, a good collection of British artists including most notably two by Millais (one allowing Mr H Farrer to “take away my picture of Ophelia” from the Royal Acedemy, 29 July , the second arranging a sitting, 6 November 1880), also Marianne North ("...Do make all your friends go [to the new gallery of her botanical paintings at Kew] as I want if possible to pay at least half the expenses from the entrance fees...") together with an albumen print photograph portrait (c.1860s, faintly captioned in pencil "Miss North"), Val Princep (to Mrs Hallé), Holman Hunt to Miss Hallé, accepting an invitation, Susan Durant (3); Scientists, including Louis Pasteur (letter and signed business card), Michael Faraday and T.H. Huxley; writers, including William Seward, Edward Lytton-Bulwer, Arthur Waley, Samuel Rogers; also Richard Candler (the first registered London marine insurance broker, document signed, 24 June 1585), Elizabeth Fry (sending books as a wedding gift, 16 September 1826), Lord Eldon, the Duke of Marlborough, W.G. Grace ("...Have you any Colts worth a trial...", 25 March 1896), James Lackington (noted bookseller), John Henry Newman, Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, Dan Leno; also an extensive series of letters by Anglican Bishops (18th century on); also a good series of signatures of early 20th century writers, artists, and public figures mounted on cards with portraits (often cut from newspapers), including Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Aldous Huxley, Conan Doyle, Sarah Bernhardt, Nellie Melba, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Anna Pavlova (attractive signed photograph), and many others; all items mounted in three albums, each with index, 600 pages, 4to, matching green cloth, many items crudely attached with adhesive tape, nicks and tears
[with:] an Index volume listing contents of all three albums together with the autograph album of Sir Richard Temple (see previous lot); nicks and tears, some items loose in the albums
This rich and varied collection, which includes significant highlights from a document signed by the father of London insurance to a letter by Millais referring to 'Ophelia', his most famous painting, was largely assembled by Captain Peter Johnston-Saint, who worked for many years as an agent collecting on behalf of Sir Henry Wellcome.
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