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THE MAUGHAM LIBRARY

Foyles Special Book Collection

King's College

London

2024

Hand Writing History
in Diaries & Documents from 1800-2000

The Maugham Library, in the Foyles Special Book Collection at King's College London will be the fourth time my diary collection travels and is exhibited. In this extraordinary hall with a vast vaulted ceilings from the 18th century are 10 beautiful cabinets, and each cabinet will show a selection of my diary collection in roughly 20 year intervals starting from 1800 to 2000.

As well as the diaries, in each cabinet, we will include a very small piece I have been making for several years. ‘Moments From History in a Chocolate Box’ are miniature scenes in very small chocolate boxes and represent important, pivotal and historical events sometimes forgotten or overseen and less in the lime light.

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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings having their affair in his bed chamber at Monticello (1787)  

Henry Vandyke Carter doing the drawings for Henry Gray’s book, Gray’s Anatomy (1856)

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Judy Garland on the set of Wizard of Oz being given her drugs by a studio executive (1938)

Newsreel Filmmaking Collective filming the documentary Columbia Revolt (1968)

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky having their affair in the Oval Office (1995)

Hans and Sophie Scholl from the White Rose Resistance Group being executed by the Nazis in Munich during WW2 (1943)

Richard Nixon, E. Howard Hunt, John Mitchell, Bernard Barker, James McCord and Frank Sturgis in the basement of the Howard Johnson Motel planning the break-in of Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate Office Building (1971)

Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas leaving the apartment building 150 West 55th Street in New York of their friend Carl Van Vechten (1934)

Christine Keeler astride an Arne Jacobson chair being photographed by Lewis Morley (1963)

Larry Kramer and Joseph Papp watching a rehearsal of his play The Normal Heart at The Public Theater, New York (1985)

The Theodore Roosevelt equestrian statue by James Earle Frasor being removed from the facade of The American Museum of Natural History in New York City (2022)

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