In 1982 John and Anne had seven glasses engraved with a demon’s head, based on one of the Davenport demon trademarks. They were to give to people who had been particularly helpful with our researches into the story of the Davenport family. We kept one glass and the others went to Harry Carson, Frank Lane, Peter Lane, Billy McComb, Richard Stupple and Peter Warlock. On the bottom of each glass is engraved ‘CJF Gould 82 Cambs’. CJF Gould was a glass engraver who lived in Fen Ditton near Cambridge.
This was a gift from Paul Kieve in 2003, following a visit he made to the Davenport Collection. He was reminded about Magritte’s painting as a result of seeing Peter Warlock’s painting also illustrated here, Ref. no. N232.
Purchased from George Kovari by John Davenport in 2015. George had bought it directly from Peter Warlock. It was a particular pleasure to add this to the collection because Lewis Davenport regularly performed the de Kolta expanding die trick.
This trompe l’oeil painting of Robert Houdin’s profile came into the collection when purchased at auction in 2007.
Commissioned from Peter Warlock by John & Anne Davenport. The request was for a painting which showed a variety of items relating to the Davenport magic business.
This outstanding trick, invented by British magician Peter Warlock, allows a magician to penetrate a sheet of glass with items such as a magic wand and ribbons.
Based on a description by Peter Warlock, the effect is as follows: a bottle is taken and after a drink is poured from it to prove its genuineness, it is placed on a thin topped table and covered with a handkerchief. On top of the handkerchief is balanced an empty top hat. A wave of the performer’s hand and slowly and visibly the bottle penetrates the handkerchief and hat. The bottle is actually seen rising within the hat.
Painted on board by Peter Warlock in 1982. John and Anne Davenport asked Peter to paint this on the theme of items relating to the Davenport family and business. It includes ‘Enchanted Petals, a floral mystery’, an effect that Peter devised and which was marketed by Davenports. Peter’s signature can be seen in the bottom right hand corner on a Magic Circle card.
Originally commissioned by Richard Stupple, the painting was completed by Peter in 1985. A postcard of Richard Stupple is at the top. It just so happens that a postcard of Lewis Davenport is visible in the middle.
Peter Warlock called this painting ‘The Vanishing Trick’. It came to the Davenport Collection when we purchased it from Richard Stupple in 1996. The bottom right hand corner says ‘Peter Warlock – 78’. It is very likely that Peter was influenced by ‘Man with a Newspaper’ by René Magritte, as in the postcard reproduction, illustrated here.