Document ReferenceLa Z 4/1/9
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Taormina to Mary Cannan; Saturday n.d. [26 Mar. 1921]
Date26 March 1921
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Mary'; thinks he will leave on April 15th and go walking in Sardinia with [Jan] Juta; he has been hating Taormina but 'one hates everywhere in fits and starts'; will send her a photograph of the portrait painted by Miss [Millicent] Beveridge; has 2 copies of the 'American de-luxe edition of Women in Love' and will send her a copy although she will probably 'hate the inside'; Ottoline [Morrell] 'left Juta in the cold' and is having her portrait painted by Eric Gill, 'the fat-hipped soft fellow we saw at Anticoli last year'; the season has been very wet, 'hence very green'; would like to visit her in September and does not think he will go to England; signed 'D.H.L.'

Date: the letter is undated and has been annotated, in pencil in an unknown hand, with 'March or April 1921'; Boulton, 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence', vol. 3, p. 694 gives the date as 26 March 1921 based on references to the Millicent Beveridge portrait of D.H. Lawrence.
Termholidays, to Sardinia, D.H. Lawrence
art, portraits, of D.H. Lawrence
art, paintings, Eric Gill
art, paintings, Millicent Beveridge
art, portraits, of Ottoline Morrell
climate, Sicily
publications, novels, D.H. Lawrence 'Women in Love'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on a folded sheet of unlined paper, text follows the sequence 1r, 2v, 1v, 2r; the text on ff 2r and 1v is written with the paper as a single folio, turned 90 degrees; dimensions are 129 x 205 mm; 3 horizontal folds in the paper.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Andrew Robertson, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984) vol III, pp 694-95
Harry T. Moore, ed. 'The Collected Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (London: Heinemann, 1962) pp 646-47

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA5438Juta; Jan (1897-); South African painter1897-
NA3375Morrell; Ottoline V.A. (1873-1938); Lady; née Cavendish-Bentinck; patroness of artists and writers1873-1938
NA75462Gill; Eric (1882-1940); -; stone-carver engraver and typographer1882-1940
NA3386Beveridge; Anne Millicent (1871-1955); Scottish painter1871-1955
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA400Cannan; Mary (1867-1950); née Ansell; married Gilbert Cannan 1910 former wife of Sir J.M. Barrie1867-1950
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