Letter from Mrs Alice Bridgeman - 19 August 1929

Letter from Mrs Alice Bridgeman (née Kleinwort), dated 19 August 1929, concerning several portraits, including that of Lord Haldane
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TELEGRAMS, BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA.
TELEPHONE, BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA 71.
Wierton Place,
Nr. Maidstone
August 19th. 1929

Dear Mr de László,

Very many thanks for your letter - I do indeed love the drawing, & it is much appreciated at home.  I enjoy having it enormously & am so grateful for it.  Just now it is being framed & I am looking forward to seeing  

 

it finished.

In October the big portrait will be in my drawing room, which has been especially re-decorated so that the picture should hang well.  I hope you will come & see it there.

I am sure you enjoy painting the Spanish dancer who must lend herself so well to a really effective picture, she is so different from the usual "portrait"

 

type.

Just for a day or two I am with the children at a most terrible place, an English South coast seaside town!  It is excessively ugly, people and surroundings, the only beautiful thing is the sea itself!  Later on I hope to have more opportunity of travelling far away which I long to do.  I expect it is my continental blood which makes me feel sometimes I must go abroad!

Yes, I have read

 

Lord Haldane's life - what a noble one it was, & only now after his death does he receive real appreciation.  I see that your portrait of him will be in the National [Portrait] Gallery.
I am now reading a most entertaining book on Henry VIII!  A very extraordinary but unpleasant character!

I shall not be in London again till the end of September when we shall be at home for several months - I envy you going to Paris which I love.

All kindest thoughts & much gratitude for the charming drawing, yours very sincerely

Alice Bridgeman

 

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