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Lot 220
New Lodge, Stonyhurst, drawing with coloured pencil, AUTHOR'S INSCRIPTION VERSO, August 1947
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New Lodge, Stonyhurst, drawing, pencil with coloured pencil, INITIALLED 'JRRT' lower right and dated 1947 lower left, INSCRIBED BY TOLKIEN ON VERSO "for Mr & Mrs Bailey in memory of a beautiful holiday August 1947, JRRT", 150 x 183mm., 1947


  • A RARE PENCIL DRAWING BY TOLKIEN, made during a stay at New Lodge in Stonyhurst, Lancashire. During the Second World War Tolkien's son John was evacuated from the English College in Rome (where he was studying for the Priesthood) to the Jesuit seminary at St Mary's Hall, now the preparatory school of Stonyhurst College. He was at the college from 1942 to 1947, and J.R.R. Tolkien and his family are known to have stayed at New Lodge (owned by the Bailey family who let rooms there) on three visits to John. These took place in the Spring and Summer of 1946 and again in August 1947 (Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien. Artist and Illustrator).

    It has long been thought that the surrounding Ribble Valley was the inspiration for many of The Lord of the Rings settings, and Tolkien is known to have penned sections of the work, which was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, whilst staying in Stonyhurst.

    Provenance: the Bailey family and by descent.
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