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MS 439


Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt papers



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Wilfrid Blunt (1901-1987)

Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt was an art teacher and writer. Blunt was art master at Haileybury College from 1923-1937, Drawing Master at Eton from 1938-1959 and Curator of the Watts Gallery from 1959-1983. He wrote twenty-seven books, most of them non-fiction; besides biographies, travel writings and histories of botanical illustration, he was author of two memoirs, Married to a Single Life and Slow on the Feather, the latter about his years at Eton. His brother Anthony was an art historian and a spy.



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35 boxes

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The Papers consist primarily of Wilfrid Blunt's writings, and contain material from every book he wrote from Black Sunrise (published in 1951) on; in some cases merely a few items are present, but more often there are research notes, corrected typescripts, correspondence, contracts, permissions, and reviews. These are accompanied by notes and typescripts for a number of articles and talks. Also present, notebooks recording travels, correspondence relating to the Watts Gallery, a passport and a programme for Blunt's Wigmore Hall recital in 1935.


Acquired by purchase.
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