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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleLytton, Lady Anne
Ref No8SUF/B/110
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 24
Date26 Oct 1976
Extent23:20 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Lord Lytton and Lady Constance Lytton
DescriptionInterview took place at Newbuildings Place, Dragons Green, Horsham, Sussex. Interview relates to Lady Constance Lytton and suffrage supporter Lord Victor Lytton, 2nd Earl. Also see other interviews related to the Lyttons [8SUF/B/051, 8SUF/B/107, 8SUF/B/113].

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Her aunt (Constance Lytton), her aunt's home, her charming personality, her animated reading of fairy stories, her relations with members of the family, her unaggressive and non-militant character, her ability to see the good in everyone. Mention of a chapter about Constance Lytton in a book by Anne Lytton's father (Neville Lytton), 'The English Country Gentleman'. Constance Lytton's talent and wish to be a pianist. The influence of Christabel Pankhurst on Constance Lytton. Constance Lytton being Anne Lytton's favourite and most impressive aunt. Anne Lytton taking Constance Lytton out in her bath chair for walks to Knebworth when she was an invalid. Constance Lytton's wry sense of humour, her appearance and clothing, her beautiful handwriting, her reading, her generosity, her interest in children and their problems, her closeness to her father, her being influenced by non-orthodox treatments, including Homer Lane (psychoanalyst).

15:00 mins:
Constance Lytton's ill health, her stroke, her consequent loss of judgement, her death. Constance Lytton wanting the children to know the facts of life. Her knickknacks and precious items which she let the children look at and handle. Her generosity. Anne Lytton's parents' parting during World War One, and then seeing less of Constance Lytton. Constance Lytton's talent for Japanese flower arranging and her teaching this to Anne Lytton's's sister (Lady Winifred Lytton). Anne Lytton's sister's closeness to Constance Lytton, her breakdown, her good memory of the past. Anne Lytton's father taking the children out, her mother not liking children. Her mother's and her own opposition to the suffragettes because of their militancy, their condemnation of hunger striking.
Related Record8SUF/B/051
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 38
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