Basset, Lady Elizabeth. (1 of 4). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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Basset, Lady Elizabeth, 1908-2000 (speaker, female)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 1. Lady Elizabeth Basset [EB] describes childhood and relationship with parents. Mentions mother’s brother killed in WW I. Remarks that Philip de László [PL] painted Lord Wendover’s (her brother) portrait. Comments on other relatives who died in the war. EB’s father goes to Palestine. EB’s family moved to Beaconsfield. Describes farming life there. EB’s mother worked in Lord Burnham’s garden. EB describes her education at home. PL also painted EB’s uncle Pedlar Palmer [PP]. Recounts sharing Godmersham with PP. Remarks on first book read, ‘Reading Without Tears.’ Comments on other books read as a child. Describes religious teachings in relation to break out of WWI and first experiences with death. Remarks on uncle killed in Gallipoli.