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Blunt Wilfrid; John Christie of Glyndebourne

SKU: Blunt Wilfrid AB042111-149 $29.95
John Christie of Glyndebourne by Wilfrid Blunt published by Theatre Arts Books in 1968. Blue cloth boards with title (within burgundy pastedown label) author and pub. in gilt on spine. Green pub. top stain. 303 white pages without foxing spotting tear or loss. No interior marks or inscriptions other than noted. Bookseller notation and price sticker on back end page. Binding is tight. Unclipped dust jacket in good condition with minor edge wear. Volume measures: 15cm. x 22.3cm. (Octavo). This volume is in virtually as new┬Ł condition. Blunt Wilfrid [Jasper Walter] date born: 1901: place born: Ham Surrey United Kingdom: date died: 1987: place died: Guildford Surrey United Kingdom Art teacher author and curator of the Watts Museum near Guildford. Blunt was born to Arthur Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870 1929) an Anglican minister and Hilda Master (Blunt) (1880 1969). His father was the chaplain to the British Embassy in Paris. As his younger brothers did Blunt received a scholarship to Marlborough College where he studied between 1914 and 1920. Blunt's conservative views toward modern art were already in place. When Roger Fry mounted the first post-impressionist show at the Grafton Galleries in London in 1910 Blunt wrote of the paintings by Manet and Czanne that they were ''works of idleness and impotent stupidity a pornographic show.'' After a year at Worcester College Oxford he switched to the Atelier Moderne in Paris to become an artist. By the following year he was an engraving student at the Royal College of Art London where he received an associates degree in 1923. At the College he was befriended by Sir William Rothenstein. Blunt joined Haileybury College Hertfordshire as its art instructor (art master) in 1923. He spent the year 1933 on leave training as a concert singer in Italy and Germany but pursued singing only avocationally. Europe broadened his cultural outlook enough that returning to a provincial boys school was not longer rewarding. Blunt researched and published on the architect William Wilkins (1778 1865) who had designed the buildings of Haileybury in 1806 publishing his Haileybury Buildings privately in 1938. The previous year a family connection got him a position of second drawing master at Eton College. By this time 1937 Blunt was opening up about his homosexuality. In 1950 Blunt wrote his most acclaimed book The Art of Botanical Illustration together with the botonist William T. Stearn (1911-2001) for which he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. Stearn became one of Blunt's close friends. At Eton Blunt encouraged italic handwriting publishing the book Sweet Roman Hand on the subject in 1952. Blunt retired from Eton in 1959 and joined the Watts Gallery (Museum) in Compton near Guildford Surrey as a curator. Blunt took up writing largely biographies as a past time. Among his art-related biographies were The Dream King of Ludwig II of Bavaria (1970). Stearn and Blunt further collaborated on Captain Cook's Florilegium (1973) and The Australian Flower Paintings of Ferdinand Bauer (1976). In 1976 he published Splendours of Islam an art travelogue. When Blunt retired from the Gallery in 1983 he was allowed to live in the curator's house until his death. He died of cancer four years later. His brothers were Christopher Evelyn Blunt (1904-1987) a noted numismatist and Anthony Blunt the eminent art historian (and spy).