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    Beatles - Two Pages From Stuart Sutcliffe Notebooks, Architectural Drawings and Poetry Index, (UK, 1950s). Two sheets of loose paper removed from different exercise books providing a glimpse into Sutcliffe's talents as a visual artist and poet.

    The first, on both sides of a 6.5" x 8" lined sheet has a very concise drawing of a medieval tower in pencil, with the different elements named and identified. Identified as "Perpendicular Tower. 15th Cent.", the drawn image covers 3" x 6" at top left. On the reverse side are two partial takes, also in pencil, on what would appear to be a the corner elements of another mediaeval structure. The first of the two only a single line, likely drawn from viewing a practice structure, as the same form is repeated on the second, below the first. The more finished of the two measuring 1.35" x 4". Each with a notation "13th," likely identifying the century of the structure's origin. In Excellent condition, and cleanly removed from the exercise book. Similar exercise drawings by Sutcliffe have been identified and dated to c. 1956, when he was a student at Prescott Grammar School in Liverpool.

    The second page is from a book of poetry, also from Prescott Grammar School in 1955. On a single 4.5 x 7.5" lined sheet, Sutcliffe has written synopses of three of his poems ("Lament of Spring", "Lovers Lament", and "The Reward") which appeared in the book separately. These short descriptions read somewhat poetically in their own right, as follows: "Lament of Spring / The real meaning of this poem is to show how the beautiful things on this earth are gradually being spoiled and violated by man himself. / Lovers Lament / My original version was written for a friend at his request. The version here is minus several verses. / The Reward / Shows how, although there are good and bad things on earth, those that suffer with poverty, and misery and still believe in God will be rewarded with a place in heaven, completely free of strife." In Very Good condition, somewhat yellowed from age, the text in neat blue fountain pen, evidence of where the sheet was removed from the book at the right side. The back has the number "55" written and encircled at top right in pencil. This sheet was removed from a Sutcliffe poetry book which was sold at the Bonham's Stuart Sutcliffe auction in London in the 1980s.


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