If you go to the Fry Gallery this week, you will see this selection of cards from Marianne Straub’s scrapbook:
1: Centaur and ballerina by painter, designer and illustrator George Mackie
2: Graphic card from furniture designer and fellow member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers, Nigel Walters
3: a Chinese paper cut inside a little pop-up pavilion from an unknown ‘Judith’
4: a Christmas card in the shape of a dressmaker’s mannekin from an ‘Adele Jay’ in Kensington
5: St George’s church in Bolton – sender unknown, but presumably one of Marianne’s friends from her time at Helios
6: A lively Christmas cat from Sheila Robinson – the subject of one of next year’s exhibitions at the Fry
7: A decoration in the form of a Christmas Tree from ‘The Griersons’ – Ronald and Enid, textile designers, and self-taught weavers
8: An Edward Bawden woodcut for Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden
9: A child’s drawing – could this have been from Nina or James Hoyle?
10: Father Christmas in a Venetian gondola – sender unknown.