MC:P204/1/6C Letters to Lord Alfred Douglas from the ‘Cherub’
Brendan Carroll and Caspar Wintermans have suggested that the ‘Cherub’ should be identified as Marcia “Madge” Lane Foster (b. 1897), later Mrs. Dudley Jarrett, a wood engraver and illustrator, who worked extensively in advertising, and also illustrated more than forty books for children, because some of her work was displayed at the Liver Sketching Club’s exhibition held there in August 1944 (see 6C/3 below). There is also an allusion in a letter of 1905 from Douglas to meeting ‘the Fosters’.
Douglas and Foster had clearly been close friends, to judge from the tone of the latter’s earliest surviving letter to him, but nothing more is known for the present about their friendship beyond the documents preserved here.
MC:P204/1/6C/1 n.d. [c.1913]
Letter from ‘Cherub’ (address, 73 Cobourg Street, Leeds) to Douglas (addressed as ‘Cherub’), asking him not to send more money, expressing loyalty to Douglas, expressing regret at ‘Lady Opal’ [i.e. Olive Douglas] leaving him, and setting out plans for her painting career.
MC:P204/1/6C/2 n.d. (‘Friday’) [c. 1913]
Letter from ‘Cherub’ (address, 73 Cobourg Street, Leeds) to Douglas (addressed as ‘Cherub’), asking him not to send more money, expressing sympathy at Douglas’s treatment by his father-in-law, and outlining her artistic and literary plans.
MC:P204/1/6C/3 12 Aug 1944
Letter from ‘The Cherub’ (address, 83 Bedford Road, Walton, Liverpool) to Douglas, reporting on a forthcoming exhibition of her works at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight. The writer alludes to her sisters Emma and Elizabeth.
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