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    George Bernard Shaw Typewritten Letter Signed "G Bernard Shaw," one page, 7" x 4.5". London, May 4, 1932. To Mr. G. S. Sandilands, Cromwell Gardens. In full, "I shall not go to the Spare show because I am not a buyer of works of art; and I share the general reluctance to disappoint a shopkeeper by walking out without buying anything. I am glad that Mr Spare has joined the body of artists who have taken up my Woolworth suggestion; but all the work of his that I have seen is unsuited for domestic decoration. People want pictures that are pleasant to live with. I have not yet met any normal British householders who would care to live with Mr Spare's drawings, or bring up their families on daily contemplation of them. Therefore I rather doubt if the Woolworth plan will benefit him much, though I suppose he must follow his inspiration and work out his artistic destiny in his own way." Of the drawings of British occult artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956), Shaw was quoted as saying "Spare's medicine too strong for the normal man," an opinion echoed in this letter. One grammatical edit in Shaw's hand. Mounting remnants at upper edge on verso. Toned from prior framing. Overall, in fine condition.

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