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The Hogarth Press | 52 Tavistock sqr.

HC 421: Digital Humanities (spring '14)

Kiana Motahari

on 3 June 2014

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The Hogarth Press

52 Tavistock Sqr.

“Leonard Woolf did, in fact, look very like a wolf in human form – but an extremely intellectual wolf, not to say a kindly wolf – a very Socrates of a wolf.”
“She had a shock of white hair, pink cheeks and pebble-type glasses through which she blinks nervously.” 9
“Ma Cartwright runs the office. She is very short and stout and sends me out to buy banbury and Eccles cakes at the Express Dairy.” 26
“She [Mrs Woolf] described Mrs Cartwright as having the step of an elephant and the ferocity of a tiger, which gives a very false impression as Ma Cartwright has no ferocity at all, although she does charge about everywhere.” 22
“Miss Belcher is quite pretty... She has a mole on her cheek.” 10
“I did not have lunch with Miss Belcher today because LW sent down instructions that we were to lunch separately... I thought of suggesting we should have lunch together in spite of LW, but she picked up her bag and stomped out of the room in her high heals without giving me much encouragement.” 17
“Some of the bagmen are very nice, like Mr Bumpus – an elderly bearded man who waits patiently while I do my calculations.” 16
Richard Kennedy
Author and Illustrator of "The Boy at the Hogarth Press"

This project is based solely on Kennedy's book.
“In the afternoon Mrs W came into the office. She was very beautifully dressed and called me Mr Kennedy.” 11
“Mrs Woolf… is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Glasworthy.” 25
A Visual Interpretation of "The Boy at the Hogarth Press" By Richard Kennedy
By Kiana Motahari-Asl
Professor Helen Southworth
HC 421H: Digital Humanities
Spring '14

Part I:
Characters Featured in Kennedy's Floor Plan
Leonard Woolf
Mrs Cartwright
Virginia Woolf
Part II:
Interpretation of Kennedy's Floor Plan
Part III:
Views of the Hogarth Press

“The premises are a bit smelly as we work in the basement which was the kitchen quarters in an epoch when light and sanitation were not considered important for servants.” 26
“Three young men put their heads round our basement door and looked at us as if we were the seven dwarfs. They ere all wearing brightly coloured scarves. They had brought with them a volume of poetry on which they had collaborated. They had all just come from Cambridge.” 65
“Today the trumpet blasts. I put up my shelf. It proved to be a much harder job than I thought. In the first place I had to walk like Jesus carrying the Cross practically the whole way to Tavistock Square because the conductor refused to let me on the bus with the wood. It did not take me ling to discover hat the damp and rotten walls were not going to give much purchase to the rawl plugs holding the brackets. Great chunks of plaster kept falling off and filling the room with dust. Finally, but only just, I got the shelf erected. Then, very nervously, I started to pile the circulars onto it. I expected it to collapse at any moment, but it took their weight. Finally, at eleven o’clock I left triumphant on my way to Russell Square Tube Station.” 25

“Miss Belcher is rather sniffy about the shelf. However, LW is obviously very pleased and congratulated me on it during our walk around the Square.” 27
“Desmond MacCarthy came into the press and asked to see Mrs W. But she had given strict instructions she was not to be disturbed so he had to content himself with writing her a note. He took about half an hour to do this, leaning on the high schoolmaster’s desk which we use as a counter. It would take him a long time to write his articles in the Sunday Times at this rate.
In the door that leads into our office from the back there is a square window through which Mrs W can look to see if the coast is clear to enter the office.” 22

“In the printing room when Mrs. W is setting type and I am machining we work in silence, unless, of course, she is in one of her happy moods – if she’s going to a party or been walking round London, which she often does.” 66
“At the end of the passage across a small area is a big room with a skylight. This is called the studio and is where Mrs. Woolf works. It is full of the large bales of books, each containing about 500 copies, that some from the printers. Their weight makes them suck up the damp from the stone floor and the room smells of mildew.” 26
Miss Belcher
Mrs. Cartwright
Richard Kennedy
Mrs. Cartwright
Miss Belcher
Richard Kennedy
Richard Kennedy
Richard Kennedy
Miss Belcher
Virginia Woolf
Richard Kennedy
Miss. Belcher
Virginia Woolf
Richard Kennedy
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
Richard Kennedy
Miss Belcher
"I arrived much too early this morning [my first day] and had a long wait before Mrs Cartwright and Miss Belcher arrived to open the press. They both wore overalls: Miss Belcher a flowered one and Ma Cartwright a plain beige one which has a long way to go round her as she is very stout." 9
"Mrs. W is working on another book. There is no printing to do. I went out and collected Ma C's daughters from Victoria where they were arriving from school and brought them back to the Press. They sat an watched their mother and Miss B work. LW put his head in and was quite agreeable and they patted Pinker. But later he was sarcastic about Ma C's anxiety over her daughters, asking if she thought they were liable to be raped at any minute. He disapproves of my fetching them in firm's time." 76
"Mr Gossling came in and was very surprised to find me on my own. He said he had never seen anyone progress so fast in the publishing business. I showed him my cover for 'Death of my Aunt' which undoubtedly impressed him. He told me he had just dropped in to iron out a few small difficulties about the paper size for the Uniform Edition and that I could do it just as well as LW." 82
Mrs Cartwright
Miss Belcher
Richard Kennedy
Mrs. Cartwright's Daughters
Richard Kennedy
Mr Gossling
Richard Kennedy
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