Waugh’s Vic­to­rian man­sion

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

MATTHEW RICE’S graphic evo­ca­tions of the coun­try houses in Eve­lyn Waugh’s nov­els, which Jeremy Mus­son de­scribes in his ar­ti­cle (De­cem­ber 7), are plau­si­ble as well as charm­ing. In one case, how­ever—that of Het­ton Abbey—his draw­ing is not ac­cu­rate, be­cause Waugh him­self showed us how he imag­ined that Vic­to­rian man­sion, by com­mis­sion­ing an ar­chi­tec­tural per­spec­tivist to il­lus­trate it (right).

An ax­ono­met­ric draw­ing of Tony Last’s un­fash­ion­able seat by J. D. M. Har­vey was re­pro­duced as the fron­tispiece to the first (1934) edi­tion of A Hand­ful of Dust and de­picts a ro­bust and con­vinc­ing High Vic­to­rian Gothic pile— thereby con­firm­ing that Waugh’s in­volve­ment in the Vic­to­rian Re­vival of the 1930s was far from frivolous. Gavin Stamp, Lon­don

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