Marie Seton, recipient: Helene Moody

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

26 June 1964

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Marie Seton 1910–1985
Helene Moody 1902–1978
Letter from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi
26 June 1964
Document - correspondence
Tate Archive
Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
TGA 956/1/2/58/61


In this letter, Marie Seton talks about fabric for a divan cover and mentions a possible return to London. She informs the Moodys that she has given their names to the Nandas who will be visiting London and tells them that Satyajit Ray will also be travelling to London. Seton describes the situation with Menon following Nehru's death, including attacks on him, and writes about meeting Menon at Madras airport when he was due to join the Cabinet. She analyses Menon, his mistakes, her relationship with him, and the effect of Nehru's death on Menon. She segues into a discussion of the different grades of mourners in India and the position of women as mourners before going on to share her thoughts on the effect of Menon becoming a Brother of Service to the Theosophists when very young and the effect on him of his attendance at LSE. The letter ends with Seton's speculation about what will happen to her and Menon's relationship.

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