Jeremy Hutchinson (2)

I have been puzzling over one aspect of Jeremy Hutchinson’s life which I learned from Simon Rendell, the typographer and grandson of Edward McKnight Kauffer, which was that, in the early stages of the war, when Hutchinson had already joined the navy, he visited New York and was entertained by Kauffer in the saloon bars of Harlem, listening to jazz. The answer is that Jeremy’s mother Mary, as well as being painted by Vanessa Bell and sleeping with Clive, was a friend of Kauffer and T.S. Eliot, who consulted them both on the original manuscript of The Four Quartets, although paid no attention to whatever advice they gave (although Kauffer illustrated A Song for Simeon published by the Ariel Press in September 1928). So, it is perhaps not so surprising that Hutchinson was the guest of Kauffer in the slums of New York.

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