Basset, Lady Elizabeth. (3 of 4). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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Interviewee's home, London, United Kingdom
Basset, Lady Elizabeth, 1908-2000 (speaker, female)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 3. Lady Elizabeth Basset [EB] describes relationship with grandparents (mother’s side) and visits for Christmas. Remarks on grandmother’s strict rules about speech. EB recounts brief anecdote about a gentleman proposing to her and her grandmother’s views on marriage. Comments on clothes worn as a child. Childhood trips to London. First play attended, ‘Peter Pan.’ Father made Lord Great Chamberlain. Comments on education in the P.N.E.U. system. EB describes relationship with her siblings during university years. Comments on debutante society. Married Ronnie Basset [RB]. Remarks on RB’s family, ancestors. Describes sitting for Philip de László [PL] to paint her portrait in London.