This A5 ruled notebook was used to record daily sales during the Self-Portrait and Old Age exhibitions, which ran concurrently in the summer of 1979, commencing July 26.
At the conclusion of the two shows, Robert notes on 30 September: “It looks as though inclusive of Old Age/Self-Portrait, also drawings, I made approx. £6,000, which somewhat amazes me.” To put that in perspective, the takings were a little higher than the average UK wage for the time – and unusual level of income for the painter.
The notebook also contained various archival items, including:
Pithy quotes about old age – in Robert’s hand
Handwritten notes for the ‘Harry & Billy’ lecture (the one where Robert was disguised as a 100-year old man) to Plymouth Age Concern
The Age Concern Conference Programme with Lenkiewicz’s talk: Geriatrics versus Gerontology (mistitled as ‘Gerontology versus Gerontology’)
The exhibition price list
Correspondence from St Mary’s Hospital regarding a 109 year old resident (oldest woman in Britain)
Eliza Massey’s shopping list for items to disguise Robert as an old man for the ‘Harry & Billy’ lecture
Correspondence with Age Concern, including the 1981 press release on the occasion of Robert’s death hoax
Notes of an interview with Kathleen Binns in 1984
A cryla study of an elderly couple holding hands before the sunset 315 x 135 mm