Lot 501
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Autograph letter signed (“T. Hardy”), to Mrs Everett, equivocating over an exhibition (“…I heard a faint report that your son was becoming a painter. I sincerely hope he may be a successful one… I fear I may not be in Town while the Exhibition is open. As for persuading other people to go, wild horses won’t drag one’s friends to see pictures if they are not inclined to go there for some reason of their own…”), telling her that they have had an exhibition of local landscapes by a young Dorset painter recently, and hoping that they will meet again some day in London, concluding by sending best wishes for the exhibition, 3 pages, 8vo, Max Gate, 15 November 1901


  • Augusta Everett was widow of the Rev Henry Everett, rector of Holy Trinity, Dorchester (see Collected Letters, vii, p.42n, where this letter is not published). Her son, John, was a marine painter who in 1897 shared a studio with Augustus John. Later on Hardy’s widow, Florence, accused him of helping Somerset Maugham libel her husband’s memory in Cakes and Ale. She complained to Sir Arthur Pinero in 1930: “The poisonous part of the book is the mingling of a few actual facts of T.H.’s life with so much that is grotesque. For instance he did cycle about the country with a young friend, a clergyman’s son, who was taking rubbings of old brasses in various Dorset churches. It is possible that Mr Maugham had some of his information from this man, who later turned out to be a bad lot and had to leave the country for a time. He returned however some time ago and called here, but my husband refused to see him” (10 October 1930, Letters of Emma and Florence Hardy, edited by Michael Millgate).

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