Letters of Note: Art

A compulsive collection of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with art at their heart.

Includes letters by Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Oscar Howe, Martin Scorsese, Henri Matisse, Mick Jagger, Augusta Savage, Vincent van Gogh & many more.


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Dear Friend

In 1950, English actress Hermione Gingold appeared on stage in London alongside Hermione Baddeley in Fallen Angels, a Noël Coward comedy in which–controversially at the time–the two female leads contemplate adultery. Gingold soon received a threatening letter from a disgusted member of the public. With no address at which to aim a reply, Gingold instead

Letters of Note – Portable Edition

Dear All, It will soon, in October, be three years since the first volume of Letters of Note was published. Three long, surreal years. This was my first book, and making it very nearly broke me into the tiniest of smouldering pieces. My wife, too. And my editor. Oh, and my publisher. Maybe some of

This appalling horror

Florence Nightingale’s influence in the world of nursing is impossible to quantify. Born in 1820 to a wealthy family, she knew from a young age that caring for the sick and vulnerable was her calling in life, much to the disapproval of her parents. Little did they know, but their daughter would one day become

What do you take me for?

Sitting behind a sheet of glass at the British Museum in London, inscribed on a clay tablet in an ancient script known as cuneiform, is solid proof of two things: firstly, that poor customer service–an affliction that somehow feels like a modern phenomenon–has actually been a plague on societies for at least 3775 long years,


Letters Live at WoW 2020

Letters Live at WOW

On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2020, Letters Live made its Women of the World debut in the tenth anniversary year of the festival…

Letters Live at Union Chapel 2020

Letters Live at Union Chapel

On March 4th, 5th and 6th of 2020, Letters Live returned to London’s iconic Union Chapel for the fourth time, to once again bring letters to life…