Waugh’s Victorian mansion
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