Thursday – March 29th
We came here on Saturday, but spent until Tuesday morning with Mother and Betty and Rowland and now I’m getting down to wood carving I’d started here.
When we got back here on Tuesday there was a letter from the Leicester Galleries and enclosed in it a letter drafted out I imagine by Underwood’s present students, boosting him as their master – and the Leicester Galleries asked if I’d sign it too – I wonder if you both have also been asked to sign it. I wrote back to the Leicester galleries saying that I didn’t think I could sign it as it would give the impression that I was a product of Underwood’s Private School. I said that several of us [end of p.1] while as students at the College went for a period of one or two evenings a week after College work hours were over to Underwood’s drawing classes which he held in his studio and that I found these very valuable, Underwood’s enthusiasm and intensity and insistence that drawing was the representation of solid form was a great stimulus.
I’ve also written to Underwood telling him why I didn’t think I could sign his letter (which of course he won’t like).
Evidently it’s all intended to help Underwood’s exhibition which opens soon at the Leicester – and the letter if it got the right number of signatures in time would be printed as a leaflet with the catalogue.
Irina and I are very curious to know if you too have heard anything about it. If not I’ll tell you more in detail about the letter when we meet – for it really is a bit much of a good thing.
We thought of you last Friday Night. Did you enjoy it? Hope you’re getting a few early nights now – we’ve picked up an hour or two.
Love to you both from both