Marie Seton, recipient: Helene Moody

Letter from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from Poona, Film Institute

19–22 February 1964

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Marie Seton 1910–1985
Helene Moody 1902–1978
Letter from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from Poona, Film Institute
19–22 February 1964
Document - correspondence
Tate Archive
Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
TGA 956/1/2/58/52


This letter was written over several days, starting on 19 Feb 1964 and concluding on 22 Feb 1964.

19 Feb 1964
The first part of this letter relates to curtain fabric and towels, possibly those referred to in previous letters about fabric samples. Marie Seton describes the experience of living in a studio and the racket of students shooting an exercise film. She expresses pleasure that Helene is working with Hope [Leresche] and refers to the efficiency of the cleaning woman who works for Hope. Seton asks Helene to send her [Seton's] address to Margaret [Margaret Grierson, John Grierson's wife] who was at school with Marie, stating that she has been showing John Grierson's film, 'Man of Aran', to her students. She writes about her feelings about Elsie Cohen and the lack of contact between them and comments on Nehru's 'Glimpses of World History'. Seton also discusses Basil Davidson's 'Old Africa Rediscovered' and anger in Poona at the Conservatives and Lord Home at their apparent double-cross over the Kashmir debate.

22 Feb 1964
In the second part of this letter, Seton tells Helene about her purchase of a bedspread from Kerala. She also writes about letters from Delhi and pressures put on Indira which she is dealing with well, and refers to Nehru's gradual recovery and the state of his health.

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