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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleLutyens, Miss Elisabeth
Ref No8SUF/B/049
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 11
Date3 Jun 1975
Extent62:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Elisabeth Lutyens and her mother, Lutyens; Emily (fl. 1906); theosophist
DescriptionInterview took place at 13 King Henry's Road, London NW3. Interviewee is the daughter of Emily Lutyens. Also see interview with her sister Mary Links [8SUF/B/085].

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Ignorance of Edwardian women about sex on entering marriage. Theosophy as an outlet for unsatisfied wives. Her mother's [Emily Lutyens] relationship with Theosophy and Krishnamurti. Changes in attitudes towards sex, contraception and having children.

15:00 mins:
Emily Lutyens's disapproval of suffragettes and Lady Constance Lytton's [aunt of Elisabeth Lutyens] militancy. Lady Constance's appearance and life at Holmwood when an invalid. Her sense of humour and manner with children. Her relationship with her sister Emily. Emily Lutyens's death.

30:00 mins:
Emily Lutyens's relationship with other family members (particularly with her brother Victor) and her nurse. Women's role in the music and art world. Why many supporters of women's suffrage were artists. Lesbianism in suffragette movement.

45:00 mins:
Lesbianism in suffragette movement. Energy and eccentricity of Ethel Smyth. Effects of having children on the work of female artists and changes in childcare. Lady Betty Balfour Lytton [aunt of Elisabeth Lutyens]. Ethel Smyth's dress and way of life. Emily Lutyens's life in India.

60:00 mins:
Influence of Theosophy on women's suffrage.
Related Record8SUF/B/085
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 14
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