24 September 2007

Drawing of Lionel Britton from The Clarion

This drawing is quite a faithful representation of Britton, showing his hallmark shock of hair which he used to cut himself, the essential book in hand, and the absence of a tie: Britton was rather unusual for the time in that he never wore a tie.

In a letter written by his partner Sinead Acheson to Britton in the late 1920s, she invites him to a 'shirt party'. I was initially mystified as to the meaning of this, until I realised that, as Britton frequently boasted that he never wore pyjamas (again, unusual for the time), she could hardly invite him to a pyjama party.

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