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6 June 2017


This Design on Paper by Diana Low (1911-75) dates from the 1930s. Her affair with Ravilious began in 1933 and is painful to read about in Long Live Great Bardfield especially because, as Andy Friend puts it, ‘a guilty Eric showered Tirzah with criticism for being no fun, doing too much housework and lacking her own initiative.’ Yet when Tirzah wrote about Diana eight years later she had the generosity to praise the young interloper (because of whom ‘something had changed in our relationship to one another which would never be restored’) as ‘very attractive, full of energy … and she dressed more beautifully than any other woman I have met’. The famous portrait of Diana by William Nicholson is in this good piece about the Towner exhibition here. And several of Diana’s paintings are here.

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