Saturday, October 14, 2006

Lady Ottoline Morrell by Augustus John
I was so angry I could hardly finish his letters. There you were, sending him Shelley, beef tea, lending him cottages, taking his photograph on the steps at Garsington - oft stuffing gold into his pocket - off he goes, has out his fountain pen and - well, as I say I haven't read it.

Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Lady Ottoline Morrell, believed to be the model for DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley. Lady Ottoline's fling with 'Tiger', a young stonemason who came to carve plinths for her garden statues, was an open secret among the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf was deeply wounded by Lawrence's portrayal of her friend, although Lady Ottoline forgave him.