DH Lawrence Happy Hour virtual series

The DH Lawrence Society of North America has invited Lawrentians to enjoy its new DH Lawrence Happy Hour virtual series. Dr Julianne Newmark of the DHLSNA wrote...

'Hello everyone!

My colleagues (Thalia, Ben, and Kathleen) and I are excited to announce the launch of the DH Lawrence Happy Hour series, presented by the DHLSNA. 

These bi-monthly Zoom sessions will be fun, interactive, and engaging. They will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on Lawrence, his milieu, and the North American context.

The first event will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at  6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. Eastern time in the U.S.). Dr Audra Bellmore will talk about a recently discovered painting of Frieda, found in the barn of the Lawrence Ranch!

Hope to 'see' you at the Happy Hour!

Julie (for Thalia, Ben, and Kathleen)

Julianne Newmark, PhD
Principal Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM'

DH Lawrence Happy Hour

At the first DH Lawrence Happy Hour Dr Audra Bellmore, Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, spoke to an audience of 35 Lawrentians. They included academics, scholars and other DHLSNA members from the USA, Canada, France, Greece, Malta and the UK.

Dr Bellmore described how she had found a painting which the Harwood Museum of Art had categorized as 'lost for years'. She discovered it in the attic of a barn she had never previously visited on the Lawrence ranch above San Cristobal, near Taos, New Mexico. The painting showed DH Lawrence's wife Frieda, sitting sewing.

The name on the back of the painting was Hazel McKinley, an artist born into the famous Guggenheim family of New York. The portrait was in fact by her husband, Charles Everett McKinley, and dated 1941. Two years later, Lieutenant McKinley, by then a pilot in the US Navy, died in a plane crash in Missouri.

DH Lawrence Happy Hour

Frieda and her husband had arrived at Taos in 1922. They were there at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Luhan, an art patron, writer and world traveller. She made a gift to the Lawrences of a ranch on Lobo Mountain, 30 miles from Taos. It was the only property they ever owned.

Lawrence had hoped to create a Utopian community in this remote part of the USA. However, only one other person joined the couple: the Hon. Dorothy Brett. The daughter of the second Viscount Esher and also a painter, Brett occupied a one-room cabin on the ranch.

After the death of Lawrence in Vence, France in 1930, Frieda returned to the ranch and lived there with Angelo Ravagli, whom she married in 1950. Frieda died in Taos in 1956. Dorothy Brett also died there in 1976.

In 2003 the DH Lawrence Ranch District joined the National Register of Historic Places. Dr Bellmore and her colleagues hope that the University of New Mexico will now move ahead with plans to make the most of the seven-acre site for students, tourists and Lawrentians.

The next DH Lawrence Happy Hour will be on Tuesday 8th May (please see below).

DH Lawrence Happy Hour promo