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Only Connect - T.S. Eliot <> Herbert Wells

How are these sitters connected?

T.S. Eliot
by Patrick Heron
1949
NPG 4467

H.G. Wells
by Gisèle Freund
1939
NPG P438

The connection
In November 1917, T S Eliot wrote his father that he had missed a ‘small dance’ in London, due to his wife’s cold. He had missed meeting H G Wells, who was there.

Find out more about Eliot connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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