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118 - Postcards from D.H. Lawrence to Baroness Anna von Richthofen and Ada Clarke; 1922
La C 118/2
Postcard from D.H. Lawrence, Papeete, Tahiti to Ada Clarke; 22 August 1922
22 August 1922
Use of original restricted for preservation reasons; surrogate copy can be made available.
This item was purchased with support from the Hill endowment and added to the D.H. Lawrence Collection in March 2021.
A postcard from Lawrence sent to his sister Ada Clarke from Tahiti. On the verso of a colourised photograph of a male Tahitian wearing red loincloth and carrying a green palm leaf, Lawrence writes 'Sail on tomorrow afternoon - hot - lovely island - but town spoilt - don't really want to stay. But having a very good trip. Love DHL'. A postscript in an unknown hand reads 'Saluti tanti al Postino Salvatore' ('Many greetings to Postman Salvatore').
Size 138 x 88 mm.
Postcard. Recto, colourised photograph of a male Tahitian wearing red loincloth and carrying a green palm leaf. Postcard titled 'A Tahitian'.
Verso, black manuscript ink. There is discolouration where a postage stamp used previously to be affixed. There is a postmark, 'Papeete 23-8 22'.
Warren Roberts, James T. Boulton and Elizabeth Mansfield, eds. ‘'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987) Vol IV, p 285
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Dates of existence
Clarke; Lettice Ada (1887-1948); née Lawrence; sister of D.H. Lawrence; married W.E. Clarke 1913
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