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Letters to and papers collected by James Greig (1861-1941), art critic of the ‘Morning Post’.

Identifier: MS.9809

Scope and Contents

Most of the material concerns the artists Walter Richard Sickert and James McBey.

The contents are as follows:

(i) Correspondence, 1910-1932, undated, chiefly concerning McBey's paintings and etchings, but including a few letters of Sickert (folio 1);

(ii) Printed and manuscript articles by Sickert, 1912-1932, undated, most of which have been reprinted in ‘A free house! ... the writings of Walter Richard Sickert’, edited by Osbert Sitwell (London, 1947) (folio 56);

(iii) Proofs of articles (some by James Greig) and newspaper-cuttings on Sickert and his work, 1919-1935, undated (folio 76);

(iv) Printed articles, newspaper-cuttings, etc., 1912-1932, undated by and concerning James McBey, including (folio 111) a typescript list, with manuscript corrections and additions by McBey, of drawings made while he was official artist to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1917-1918 (folio 108).


  • Creation: 1910-1935, undated.

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146 Leaves ; Folio and under.

Language of Materials



146 folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Christie's, 29 February 1956, lot 47.

Separated Materials

Several catalogues of exhibitions of works by Sickert and McBey, some containing brief jottings by James Greig, have been transferred to the Department of Printed Books.

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Repository Details

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