Marie Seton, recipients: Ronald Moody, Helene Moody

Letter from Marie Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi, Prime Minister’s house

15 May 1957

Created by
Marie Seton 1910–1985
Recipients
Ronald Moody 1900–1984
Helene Moody 1902–1978
Title
Letter from Marie Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi, Prime Minister’s house
Date
15 May 1957
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
Reference
TGA 956/1/2/58/27

Description

In this letter Marie Seton informs Moody that his 'Three Heads' is on the mantelpiece in the drawing room in the Prime Minister's house. She tells Moody that Indira Gandhi will not be visiting London with her papa (Nehru) in June but that when she does she would very much like to have her portrait done by Moody. Seton provides a description of the Prime Minister's house and life there, with specific reference to the Satish Gujral paintings in the house. She also talks about Krishna Menon, his insecurities, and paranoia. She tells Moody of her decision to delay her trip to Japan for twelve days to try and help Menon and her intention to spend two months in India after her trip to Japan. She refers to Menon's collapses and her relationship with him and describes how destructive his new position [as Minister of Defence] has proved to be. Towards the end of the letter there is another reference to 'Three Heads' and its placement in the house, family life in the Prime Minister's house, thoughts on Indira Gandhi, her (Indira's) husband, and Nehru.

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