Books by Aimé
Tschiffely Literary Estate
Mancha and Gato
Articles by and about Tschiffely
"Don Roberto" Cunninghame
The Solanet family
St. George's College
This portrait of Violeta was painted by Wyndham Lewis.
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Violeta Hume married Aimé Tschiffely on 21st
December 1933, as reported in The New York Times the following day.
"R. B. Cunninghame Graham, writer on South American subjects, was among the
witnesses at the ceremony." As Tschiffely writes in his excellent
autobiography, Bohemia Junction, it was "Don Roberto" who introduced
them! "One day, at a party, Cunninghame Graham introduced me to Violet
Hume, who had been a friend of his for some years. Born in Buenos
Aires, of Scottish-French parents, she is a talented musician and linguist
who, under the stage name of Violet Marquesita, played the part of Lucy
Lockit to Sir Nigel Playfair's original production of the Beggar's Opera,
and later, ever since the early days of broadcasting from Savoy Hill, she
has taken part in many broadcasts, both in English and Spanish."
|And here is an undated letter to an unknown
newspaper where the writer takes issue with a critic who had apparently been
less than kind about that very Beggar's Opera.
|And here is a press-cutting from the magazine
The Queen about a concert given in 1940. "Only three guest
artists were included in the programme, which was otherwise confined to
local talent. One of the three was Mrs. A. F. Tschiffely, wife of the
celebrated rider-author. ... All who enjoyed Sir Nigel Playfair's
production of The Beggar's Opera (and who did not?) will remember her
as the most adorable Lucy in the history of John Gay's masterpiece."
|This is a page from the Radio Times
dated August 20, 1943. "Violeta Tschiffely (pronounced Chiffayly) who
acts as a guide in Sunday's 'Armchair Traveller' programme on the Argetine
is a dark, wry-witted lady who was once on the state - 'and once was more
than enough' - and who is married to that famous Swiss schoolmaster, Aimé
Felix Tschiffely, who, on the alternate backs of his two horses Mancha and
Gato, once rode 10,000 miles from Buenos Aires to Washington and wrote a
most diverting book about it. A broadcast about the 'ride' was given
in 1936. Writing recently to his wife from the Argentine where he is
at present working for the British Council, Tschiffely says that the other
day he called upon his horses who were very much alive at the respective
ages of thirty-five and thirty-three."
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