Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Turner mss., 1936-1949, consist of letters, 1936-1945, from Sir William Rothenstein, 1872-1945, artist; John Redwood Anderson, 1883-1964, poet; and Richard Church, 1893-1972, author, to Tom Turner, 1870-1949, employee of the Bradford Post Office, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, and book collector.

The Rothenstein letters thank Turner for books, give personal news and news of friends, speak of Rothenstein's boyhood in Bradford, of exhibitions of his work, and of the failures of the Bradford art gallery committee to accept offers of a Rothenstein exhibit in their town.

The collection also contains a letter, August 27, 1949, from Kenneth Romney Towndrow to Tom Turner thanking him for the loan of the Rothenstein letters and asking for more information on the rejection of a Rothenstein exhibit by the Bradford gallery.

The letters from John Redwood Anderson and Richard Church thank Turner for gifts of books; give personal news; describe wartime conditions; and discuss their writings, Turner's verses, and the works of contemporary authors.

Collection size: 47 items

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