Documents associated with: UKCoombe Hill Farm
Record 9 of 9
System Number: 13624
Date: [July 1889?]
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15335, f. 23
Document Type: ALS
Elle vous recevra ici en Pierrot le dimanche qui suit -
En attendant je vous retiens pour ces deux festins, dont le premier sera pour vous, je le crains comparativement triste! -
Look what has happened - Lady Archie forbids you to come to lunch here next Sunday!! because she is spending the day in contemplation with her husband in the woods at Coombe -
She will receive you here as Pierrot on the following Sunday -
Meanwhile I will see you on these two occasions, of which the first will be for you, I fear, comparatively sad! -
Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 19, pp. 56-57.
Coombe Hill Farm, Norbiton, Surrey, the Campbells' country retreat. Lady Archie organised pastoral plays that were enacted in a woodland setting at Coombe. The first performance of The Kiss of Theodore de Banville took place on 9 August 1889 (see James Douglas, Theodore Watts-Dunton, Poet, Novelist, Critic, London, 1904, p. 132).
Probably a reference to preparations for Lady Archie's role as Pierrot in The Kiss of Theodore de Banville, with an epilogue by Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].