Ending bars of a copy of a piano piece made for Clara Wieck Schumann by Felix Mendelssohn, 1835.
This leaf is from the “Schumann Album,” an enormous scrapbook created by Robert and Clara for the “safekeeping of their children.” The volume contains musical manuscripts by both parents as well as by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and others; the handwriting of Haydn and Weber; various letters and journal clippings; sketches and memento drawings by numerous famous artists; and pressed flowers and other sundry artifacts.
The Schumann grandchildren sold the book to the Saxon State Library in 1934; it was stored securely in a basement, but during the war was substantially damaged by flooding. Some of the documents have since been successfully restored, and much of the album has been digitized.
John Lennon’s Christmas card to Brian Epstein, 1965
John was always big on Christmas cards, often rather elaborate home-made ones, doing the words and drawings. He appears to have done them every year, often in quite large numbers, to his family and friends. He also did one for charity, for Oxfam, using the image of the Fat Budgie from A Spaniard in the Works, which he personalised when he sent them to his relations and friends. Brian Epstein got a Fat Budgie card, but all around it John added in very neat - incredibly neat for John - handwriting a special message for Brian:
'Think of Oxfam Brian and reflect on the great things wot they are a doing Brian - will you guvnor. Thanking you in anticipating - John'