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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1172-1172.1

Edward Gordon Craig letters to Virginia Ashley Clarke

Letters from English artist, stage designer and author Edward Gordon Craig to Virginia Ashley Clarke.


  • 1947-1966

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Formerly restricted until the death of Edward Gordon Craig.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Consists of 312 letters, 1947-1960, from Craig to Virginia Surtees Ashley Clarke. The correspondence chiefly concerns the scheduling of informal meetings and dinners with Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Clarke. The letters often describe Craig's experiences at the Lyceum Theatre and include theatrical commentary. The collection also describes his creation of woodcuts for The Masque of Love and other plays. The letters also outline an exchange of books and reviews of various booksellers throughout the United Kingdom. Approximately 30 letters include small cartoon-like sketches. Craig outlines his personal experiences in the hotels and restaurants that he spent time in throughout his travels on the Continent. The collection also outlines the progress of Craig's Memoirs as well as the possible sale of his collection to either Harvard or the Victoria & Albert Museum. Craig's correspondence also present information about his relationship with his daughter Daphne Woodward (also known as 'Two-two').

Biographical / Historical

Craig was an English artist, stage designer, and author.


Organized into the following two series:
  1. bMS Eng 1172
  2. bMS Eng 1172.1
Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-68 and 69M-33. Purchased with the Amy Lowell and other funds from Virginia B. Surtees, 6 Palace Gate London, W. 8; received: 1962 Nov.; and Gift of 1969 Sept. 26.
Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966. Edward Gordon Craig letters to Virginia Ashley Clarke, 1947-1966: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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