One hundred years ago young Ezra writes
from Kensington to Miss Alice Kenny

of Paeroa, telling her he’s setting
‘the stiffest standard in Europe’. He wants

not ‘stuff for magazines’ but ‘masterworks’.
‘Absolute impulse, perfect rendering’

are what he requires. ‘It’s a tough hurdle’,
he knows, but thinks she should ‘give it a shot.’

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