Richmond, Susanna (2 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2009-07-28, 2009-07-29, 2009-07-30, 2009-07-31

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Rounton, North Yorkshire

  • Interviewees

    Richmond, Susanna, 1923- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Westley, Hester (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: [00:26:26] ‘The Richmond Papers’; Queen Victoria’s letter about a portrait; WBR’s devotion to painting; story of WBR running away with Samuel Palmer’s son; punishment for this attempt; HWR sent away at 13 to the Navy. [00:05:51] Accounts of HWR’s schooling on the ship; the hardness of experience of first love. [00:07:44] Financial circumstances for a family; HWR’s family finances. [00:09:39] HWR’s return home; his travels around the world. [00:10:30] HWR’s naval career; biography of HWR; he had the artist’s temperament in his naval thinking; instrumental in educational ideas; insistence upon cooperation among military forces; Falkland Islands War; HWR’s room in Admiralty just down the corridor from Peter Miles Richmond’s [PMR] father; HWR’s firmness of opinion; HWR’s friendship with ‘Jacky’ Fisher [First Lord of Admiralty] who was an early supporter of HWR in naval operations; reasons behind HWR’s stationing in Ceylon. [00:17:10] HWR’s ideas in post-war years about disarmament; attended naval conference with American forces; certainty about another war and concern about the types of ships being built between WWI and WWII. [00:19:18] SR’s early memories from 1931 of HWR leaving the Navy; the circumstances around his departure. [00:20:25] SR’s brother ‘conscripted’ by HWR as enrollment officer in Cambridge, 1939. [00:21:20] HWR’s writings of history; SR’s youth spent reading papers for father’s letters; HWR’s interest in the Navy turned historical; his reaction to WWII. [00:22:51] SR’s parents’ marriage in 1907; details of their ‘remarkable’ courtship--his reading the biography of Stonewall Jackson to her; a ‘habit of sneezing’; his aversion to blood; ‘an artist in uniform’. [00:25:17] Description of parents’ wedding at Rounton; HWR: a ‘very unmilitary military person’.

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