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768 ] Mr. Wyndham Lewis’s Works To the Editor of The Times The Times (22 Dec 1937) 8 Sir, – Many years have passed since the strange mind of Wyndham Lewis began to invigorate English painting and letters. Mr. Lewis is now holding his first exhibition since 1921, and it seems to us an appropriate time to suggest that Lewis’s deep and original art should be publicly recognized.1 Social change has made it inevitable that in these days the place and duties of the private patron should be handed over, in a large degree, to the public galleries; and those rarer artists whose vision and energy are too great to be confined in small or decorative pieces must depend on the wise discernment of the galleries more and more. We believe Wyndham Lewis to be such an artist, and we are convinced that every serious painter and serious writer in England is much in debt to his integrity, and to the originality and strength of his vision; and we hope that the opportunity of acquiring a representative work by him for the national collection will not be overlooked. Yours, &c., Henry Moore, Eric Gill, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Edmund Dulac, Edward Wadsworth, P. H. Jowett, Randolph Schwabe, John Piper, Serge Chermayeff, Raymond McGrath, Arthur Bliss, Michael E. Sadler, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Herbert Read, Rhondda, Rebecca West, Naomi Mitchison, Stephen Spender, Geoffrey Grigson. Note 1. Following a private viewing for friends and supporters on 2 Dec, Lewis’s exhibition of fiftyfour paintings, titled “INFERNOS and other paintings,” opened at the Leicester Galleries on 4 Dec. His memoirs, Blasting and Bombardiering, had appeared at the end of Oct. ...


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