Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 2 October 1943

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
2 October 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001590-7
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

And he had the sergeant take a photograph of me painting at the easel among planes with the tin hat on we had to wear.
Well I mustn't forget the pilot who wanted to "stooge" me around while I made a sketch from the air, so he kindly kept circling back to the spot I selected and maybe I'll have something. Then when we were finished he took me over to see a cathedral I wanted to see having only seen it from the ground the last time I was in England. I could go on for day but I'd better take you back to London again where my work takes on more of the aspect of the prunes which must be dried sorted and packed away by unenthusiastic workers for future nourishment when fruit is scarce. But oh – ecstatic shouts of joy were heard issuing from a hot bath and I purred while shaving in hot water and next morning almost liked the subway, and my mail! Whoopie – stacks of it and I gorged – looking for one from you. But there was the music you had so beautifully written out for me.
Well now, to explain the cheque I am enclosing – mm-mm let me see – you're shocked. So'm I. This is for your winter studies. For your further bewilderment it works something like this: I want to teach you the Robert Schmidt technique. I can't, so I want to work for a month producing paintings for Robert if he promises to teach you, what you need. Well it seems, he's never heard of me and doesn't know whether he wants my paintings anyway, so I work a little longer