Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
Tuesday morning [February 1948]

Well - The first sitting went happily. Epstein1 seems to work with intense concentration - R imitates him beautifully. This suits R - and now that the work has started he is keen to get it finished - and he is off this morning - alas by train - he returns at 2 - Epstein says 6 sittings - & perhaps 1 or 2 more at the end - The studio is on ground floor. There doesn't seem much comfort - the stove is allowed to go out - on the other hand R needn't keep still & could sit in his coat wh I haved urged his doing.
It was lovely to have the Cherry Tree for break - R read it too "more polishing required" his verdict but he likes it & I like the last one particularly [...]


1.  Jacob Epstein, the sculptor. In a letter to UW in 1949 AVW remarks "A lovely letter from Ep: `I had not thought of a fee, but of course you will want to keep the bronze - I will  put the fee at £200 guineas - ". Epstein had been introduced by UW, who had wished to attend the sittings but had been discouraged from doing so by Adeline.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/18, f.20
General notes: 

Extract. More likely to be 1949 in spite of UVW's pencil annotation of 1948; it appears from R.V.W.: a biography (pp. 287-288) that the first sitting was early in 1949.

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