Letter from Frances Hodgkins to Rachel Hodgkins

21 Jun 1921
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21 Jun 1921
Douarnenez - France June 21st
My Dearest Mother
You are a darling the way you write so often & give me all the news. You are marvellous & your hand writing is as firm as 20 years ago. Your April-May letter came today. So welcome as it was ages sinces I had heard.
Poor dear Jack – a bad smash up that – kneecaps are the deuce. I hope it isn’t as bad as you feared & that he will be about again before long. I am glad Will has had a good trip. Yes, that is the thing to do when I come out with a purse full of gold after my Spanish tour & show. You strike fear into my soul when you say the Von Haasts are on my track. God forbid.
I am now getting busy – in July I will have a full class I think – they are rolling up – there will not be rooms enough to go round. Yesterday 2 ladies came over from Quimperle for a criticism & put 100 frcs in my pocket for an hour’s hard talk. Next week the Carters – he & she – rejoin me from Aix & for July – Aug: I have practically filled up this Hotel with my party. It is warming up & today – Midsummer Day – is really hot & everyone has gone off to bathe in the jade green sea. This morning being too hot to go out, I painted a bunch of pink roses & yellow calceolarias & cornflowers in the café surrounded by a silent & admiring crowd that grew in numbers as the morning went on. I have no news dear. This is just a line with my love to let you know you are always in my thoughts.
Enclosed envelope is for Peter’s museum. His Aunt’s first Air Mail letter London – Paris – from Mr F Rutter on some picture business. He should keep it as marking a new epoch.
I am reading an amusing book by Rose Macaulay called “Potterism” read by the many – appreciated by the few – a social satire. If I can pinch it from its owner I’ll send it on to you. It will amuse you.
No more now dearest. Seven o’clock & dinner. This good sea air puts an axe edge on the appetite. Love to all, & your own dear self. Yr loving Fanny.
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Douarnenez - France
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Frances Hodgkins - Outward letters. Field, Isabel Jane, 1867-1950 : Correspondence of Frances Hodgkins and family / collected by Isabel Field. Ref: MS-Papers-0085-38. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.