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English artist and writer, with a huge range of interests, from painting and sculpture to theatre design.
Ayrton is, however, probably most famous for his obsession with the Greek legend of the Daedalus and the Minotaur, which began as the 1960s opened.
Daedalus was father of Icarus (who famously flew too close to the sun) and the maker of the labyrinth that imprisoned the Minotaur.Ayrton saw the legend as an analogy of his own artistic endeavours and he went on to produce over 800 works inspired by it. These ranged from paintings and sculptures to his 1968 novel, The Maze Maker. He even built a maze in brick and stone in the Catskill Mountains in New York State.
This is a short note, handwritten in blue ink on a headed correspondence card (Ayrton, Bradfields, Toppesfield, nr Halstead, Essex Feb 17 '69) to George Astley, joint Secretary of the Society of Authors. It reads (in full):
Letter to Mr Warren Roberts excellent. Bless you and thanks.
See you both at 8pm on the 26th, basement flat as before.
A little dusty here and there but in good overall condition. RARE.