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Notebook by unknown 17th-century Shakespeare scholar leaves expert ‘trembling’

6.10.17 + Tags: Arts & Literature, Authors

A 17th-century notebook containing the jottings of perhaps the world’s first Shakespeare scholar has left experts “trembling” in anticipation of what it may contain. Full story at The Telegraph.


Personal Letters from Great Composers – Christie’s

6.5.17 + Tags: Arts & Literature, Music, Signature Studies

Often tempestuous, the lives of great composers have long been a source of fascination. A Christie’s auction of manuscripts and letters from The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection on 15 June offers new and extraordinary insights. Full story at Christie’s.


7 Important Things to Know About Artist Signatures – Christie’s

6.3.17 + Tags: Arts & Literature, Fine Art Signatures, Pablo Picasso, Signature Studies

Holly Black consults Christie’s specialists, a conservator, a gallerist and an expert cataloguer on the truths an artist’s mark can reveal, the insights they offer into process and why—sometimes—a false signature can conceal noble intentions. Full story at Christie’s.