Category Archives: Auctions

Alec Waugh, Art Collector

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph profiled a little known artist named Cedric Morris (1889-1982) whose paintings seem to be enjoying a renewal of interest. The article in the Telegraph’s “Luxury: Art” column is by Colin Gleadell and explains that … Continue reading

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Faringdon Auction Includes Waugh Portrait

Christie’s has announced a sale later this month that will include several items from the interior of Faringdon House, the former residence of Waugh’s friend Lord Berners. Among the items are a number of paintings and drawings by Lord Berners … Continue reading

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Dramatist of WWII Yugoslavia Profiled

The Islington Tribune has published a profile of playwright James Hugh Macdonald. He has written a play called Happy Warriors based on the experience of Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill in wartime Yugoslavia. (See previous posts.): James Hugh Macdonald, a … Continue reading

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Sotheby’s to Sell Small Waugh Collection

Sotheby’s London has scheduled a the sale of small collection of signed copies and first editions of books by Evelyn Waugh on 11-12 December. These are apparently from a larger otherwise unidentified Hampstead Collection of two collectors living in that … Continue reading

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Waugh Item Included in Vivien Leigh Sale

The Guardian has reported the sale of several items (including many books) from the estate of actress Vivien Leigh. The sale at Sotheby’s London on 26 September is occasioned by the recent death of her daughter, Suzanne Farrington. Leigh herself died … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Dystopia

In the recent wave of interest in dystopian novels following the USA’s change of government, most attention has been focused on 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale (which has been made into a successful TV serial) and Brave New World. Evelyn Waugh’s … Continue reading

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Ear Trumpet Sold at Auction

One of Waugh’s ear trumpets sold at auction earlier this week. The hammer price was £2,200. Thanks to Rich Oram, who is suffering non-bidder’s regret, for passing this along.

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Visit to Oslo

A letter from Evelyn Waugh to a Mr Some on the stationery of the Grand Hotel in Oslo is to be sold by Forum Auctions later this month. The letter would have been written in August 1947 while Waugh was on … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Selina Hastings x 2

Forum Auctions has posted an early letter from Evelyn Waugh (sometime in 1929) relating to the writing of Vile Bodies. This is addressed to Lord Hastings and thanks him for the loan of a two-volume work about his ancestor Selina, Countess … Continue reading

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Waugh-Designed Bookplate on Ebay

A book for sale on ebay contains a bookplate designed by Evelyn Waugh. The book belonged to Dudley Carew (1903-1981), Waugh’s school friend from Lancing who later wrote a memoir entitled A Fragment of Friendship: Evelyn Waugh as a young man (1974). … Continue reading

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