Ref NoJOJ/DAR/F219822
CollectionJack Johns Darwin Collection
TitleMiscellaneous material concerning the Collier portrait of Charles Darwin
Descriptiona) Holograph letter, covering two sides of an A4 sheet, dated May 5th 1994, from Peter Kennedy to Jack Johns, regarding the Collier portrait of Charles Darwin. Mr. Kennedy writes to inform Mr. Johns that one of his customers 'has for disposal' the 40" x 18" portrait of Darwin as an old man.solene b) Typescript letter dated 19th May from Mr. Johns to Mr. Kennedy, in reply to letter a) above. Mr Johns explains that his reply is delayed due to time spent in hospital, and that he had difficulty phoning Mr. Kennedy. However, he explains that he would be interested and thinks that he knows which of five copies of the original by Collier this one is. A holograph note at the foot of the letter states that Mr. Kennedy will send proofs of the portrait's authenticity and recent ownership to Mr. Johns, dated 6/7/94. c) Original housing for items a-b) above, in a white envelope addressed to Mr. Johns. d) Photocopy of a letter dated 22nd July 1882 from John Collier to 'Romanes' (possibly George John Romanes, who was involved in the commissioning of the original portrait), accepting the proposals of the [Linnean?] Society (which are not further explained) with a few alterations. These alterations include the permission to copy the portrait and have etching s of it made for sale, at a 20% discount to members of the Society. e) Photocopy of a letter dated 4 December 1927 from G. Buckston Brown to Leiutenant Colonel A. T. Gage concerning the removal of Collier's portrait from the Linnean Society in London, in order for a copy to be made, to be kept at Down House, Kent, 'a Scientific Shrine'. f) Bill of sale signed by Mr. Norman Hicken and dated 9th March 1990 for the sale of the portrait of Darwin to A.H. Swann. g) Holograph letter dated July 6th 1994 from Peter Kennedy to Jack Johns, sent with items d-f) above, detailing the history of the copy of Collier's painting which Mr Johns expressed an interest in purchasing. h) Wheldon and Wesley Ltd. Catalogue 204 (January 1994) entitled 'Books on Natural History', detailing books offered for sale. Items listed with brief description and price. Includes obituary for Howard Kirke Swann, chairmand of Wheldon and Wesley. s on back cover. A5 booklet with 94 pages. i) Typescript letter loosely inserted between p.12-13 of item h) above from Wheldon and Wesley Ltd, detailing increases to postage and packing prices for customers. j) A5 piece of paper loosely inserted between p. 12-13 of item h) above, containing notes in Jack Johns' hand. These include entry instructions for Down House, and a note to remind Mr Johns to check with Solene (Morris, curator of The Down House Museum) about the Down House School magazines[crossed out]. k) Original housing for items d-j) above, in a white envelope addressed to Mr. Johns and annotated 'Material relevant to COllier's portrait of C[harles] D[arwin]. (It used to hang over H.K. Swann's mantelpiece until his death).' In acid free envelope with original packaging attached.
NotesPrevious reference number: UKC/JOJ/DAR : F219822
PhysicalDescriptionCorrespondence and auction catalogue.
Related PersonJohns, Jack, d 2009
Kennedy, Peter
Bynum, William
Collier, John
Brown, G. Buckston
Hicken, Norman.
Associated PersonDarwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882), naturalist
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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