Correspondence, Leo Bestall

Bestall (MBE) Leonard Delabere
Stuart, Charlotte
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Miscellaneous correspondence to and by Leo Bestall. Three sets of correspondence.

a) Not dated, consists of 2 pages and is a question and response that is attributed to Bestall. It appears to be a transcript of a radio spot because the top left hand corner of each page has: Station 2YZ Napier. The first page reads: Can you tell me what is the standard or yardstick used to determine whether or not a picture is accepted to be hung in the Hawke's Bay Art Gallery in Napier? While some of the pictures shown please me very much there are others which leave me cold and at times I have seen daubs that mean nothing at all and seem to be painted by madmen. Do those painters pull our legs? Yours faithfully, Puzzled. The second page is Bestall's (?) response to this.

b) Correspondences on 3 pages of lined paper and written in Bestall's handwriting. It is not dated or signed but finishes with: send on to Dorothy Lahrs, State Museum, Santa Fe. It is titled: Notes to go with the slides. The notes and slides detail a walking trip to Cape Kidnappers and the habits of gannets.

c) Letter on blue paper to Bestall from C A Stuart, C/o C M S House, Salisbury Sq London E C 4, and dated 6 June 1957. It details the rising trouble in Egypt, which led to the evacuation of British subjects.
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Black ink on paper; blue ink on blue paper.
Height x Width: 267 x 208mm
Height x Width: 255 x 204mm
Height x Width: 203 x 248mm
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from the Leo Bestall Collection
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