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Context On Demand – The Mitford Girls: Six Scandalous Sisters with Hattie Bennett
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- With little formal education, how did the sisters achieve their great literary success? Was it talent or notoriety?
- Given the horrors of the First World War and the loss of a beloved uncle, can we empathize with (but not condone) Unity and Diana's support of fascism?
- Was Decca as misguided as her sisters in support of Stalinist Communism?
- With a father as dominant as Lord Redesdale, was the sisters’ choice of male partners with “robust” personalities a consequence of their upbringing?
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Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.
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