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Lionel Lindsay

(Australia 18 Oct 1874 – 22 May 1961)

Title
Bookplate of Blanche Milligan
Year
Jun 1912
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, printed on paper
Dimensions

4 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.

Credit
Gift of Blanche Milligan 1929
Accession number
3289
Copyright
© Estate of Lionel Lindsay
Location
Not on display
Further information

'She (Blanche Milligan) got me to do it for 6 pounds and gave me plenty of trouble and I thought as she was a nurse I would not charge her a fair price (for I designed two other ideas). Then she told me after I had made another detailed plate for her friend, that she had paid an English engraver 100 pound for a plate of three cupids borrowed from Rubens. That I had been badly diddled-and it sickened me of making any more book plates. First the fact that you cannot penetrate the idea the applicant has and if your design will suit led to waste of time and they never paid for designs.' (Letter from Lionel Lindsay to Harry Chaplin, 9 July 1958, pasted into the front of the volume of Lionel Lindsay bookplates)