SYDDALL, Joseph. 19697



A series of 9 Autograph Letters Signed, to J.Grant Reid, the author, including a long interview with Syddall, providing all the biographical information and anecdotes required for an article about Syddall, discussing his education, his work for The Graphic, his apprenticeship under Herkomer, and much else. 9 letters, 7 x 4 inches, 23 pp., plus a couple of fragments, in good condition. The Studio, Old Whittington, 1897-1898. Joseph Syddall (1864-1942), draughtsman, painter and sculptor; born in Old Whittington, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, son of a master carpenter and joiner; educated locally and initially worked as a clerk in a solicitor’s office in Chesterfield; sponsored to attend the Bushey Art School under Sir Hubert von Herkomer, returned to Chesterfield and lived there until 1920, when he moved to Hampstead, London; exhibited occasionally at the Royal Academy from 1898; designed the war memorial at Old Whittington and the monument at Dronfield. A retrospective exhibition was held in Chesterfield, 1985. His work is held by the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, with further examples in the V&A Museum and the British Museum. J. Grant Reid, writer and author of At the Sign of the Brush and Pen (1898). ‘And if you refer to me as a “promising” pupil of Prof. Herkomer I’ll bring an infernal machine to No. 27 The Avenue & give you dynamite for breakfast on the first opportunity.’