Marie Seton, recipient: Helene Moody

Letter from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi, Swiss Hotel

20 May 1964

Created by
Marie Seton 1910–1985
Recipient
Helene Moody 1902–1978
Title
Letter from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi, Swiss Hotel
Date
20 May 1964
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
Reference
TGA 956/1/2/58/57

Description

Marie Seton opens this letter by writing about fabric. She goes on to discuss the crisis in India and Nehru's handling of it and the opposition Nehru is experiencing. She refers to her unorthodox cousin/godmother and her connection with the Nehru family. Seton also writes about Menon's opposition to Nehru and an awkward encounter with Menon and subsequent phone call to him. This is followed by a lengthy discourse on Menon, his behaviour and what Seton views as his Messiah complex. The letter concludes with a brief reference to Moody's 'Savacou' and the phoenix-like quality of India.

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