Autograph letter initialled to Mrs Isabel Konody, letter undated, envelope dated April 21 09, "I can't find an old poem fit to gratify your modest ambition so I have made a new one which I hope you will grace with acceptance. I have made it an Elizabethan Sonnet because in that form alone is the thought governed with sufficient elegance of confection to be in fitting harmony with Mrs Konody whose abject slave I Subscribe my self herewith, E.P."; 2pp.; and Autograph poem, starting "If poets whom you know are not all fools, Methinks my songs but march amid the rout", 14 lines, one page; and envelope addressed to Mrs Konody, 20 Hampton Court, High Street, Kensington
Estimate £ 7,000-9,000
Note: Isabel Codrington Pyke Nott (1874-1943) entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1889, aged 15. In the 1890's she met the ambitious young art critic, Paul George Konody (1872- 1933), then editor of The Artist, and later, a regular reviewer for The Observer and The Daily Mail. They were married on 27 October 1901, and during the next five years had two daughters, Pauline and Margaret. In these years Isabel continued to paint miniatures and imaginative watercolours for which she won a medal at the Exposition Internationale d'Arte in Barcelona in 1907. The Konodys had a wide circle of friends including the poet Ezra Pound, the illustrator Dudley Hardy, the portrait-painter Philip Alexius de László and the artist-traveller and former Whistler pupil, Mortimer Menpes. After Isobel and Konody were divorced in 1912, Isobel continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy, the Salon in Paris, and the Knoedler Galleries in Paris and the Fine Art Society in London.
Letter and poem apparently unpublished.
Sold for £9,375 (buyer's premium included)