RARE AND DESIRABLE PETER PAN AUTHOR LETTER THAT MENTIONS WENDY, "THE HOUSE UNDER THE GROUND", AND THE ARTIST WHO DESIGNED COSTUMES FOR ONE OF BARRIE'S PLAYS
JAMES M. BARRIE (1860-1937) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "J. M. Barrie", one page both sides, 5.25. x 7, on his personal Adelphi Terrace House letterhead, March 22, addressed to "Mr. Bradshaw". In full: "Dear Mr. Bradshaw, How delightful of you. And thanks heartily for the Shepperson portfolio, which I like much. As for the photographs, the girl is so mirroring of Wendy that if you had dared to call her anything else there would have been a sharp message from the house under the ground." This letter twice touches upon Peter Pan: first with his mention of "Wendy", and then in the last line with "the house under the ground," which is an allusion to the book's seventh chapter, The Home under the Ground. This wonderful letter is in very good condition, with light overall age toning, and a short split to the end of one of the intersecting folds.
Claude Shepperson (1867-1921) was an artist and book illustrator who designed the women's costumes for the 1902 revival of Barrie's 1902 play, The Admirable Crichton.