Meredith and Kitty Monnnington, Evelyn Monningtons brother and sister in law, had a cottage in Suffolk, where Tom and Evelyn frequently went to stay. John Monnington recalls :
I don't think it was very big and I recollect that whenever Tom and Evelyn went to stay their visit was usually cut short with a disagreeable row with Kitty, who, I imagine, resented any disturbance to her routine. She was unbelievably lazy and always used to preface any utterance with a long sigh!
My reason for telling you this is that I expect Evelyn went upstairs to the visitors bedroom and did this little painting which looked along the corridor at the head of the stairs, so that she could escape from Kitty's sighs.
No doubt Tom had escaped to the garden for the same reason!
Email to Paul Liss 11.2.07
Evelyn Monnington (fl 1930 to 1970)
Evelyn Monnington, (ne Hunt) trained at the Royal
College of Art in the 1930's. After this she worked
for Heals and other designers. During the War she worked with the Camouflage Department and later as a Canal Boatwoman. Her war dairies
from 1943 have been serialized in Canals Rivers & Boats Magazine.
She became the second wife of Tom Monnington in 1948; (Winifred Knights, Monnington's first wife had died in 1947). She first met Monnington whilst working for the Camouflage Department.
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