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.
Richard was well respected as a historian and magician, most notably as a children’s entertainer and Punch and Judy performer. He became Chairman of Council of The Magic Circle in London, and worked tirelessly for the IBM. He was based in the Bedford area, England.
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.
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.