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For Mirrorspindle [Mar. 1st, 2007|07:40 pm]
Tony Grist
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Clytemnestra by the hon John Collier

I've loved this gal ever since I was a small boy and she first confronted me from the pages of Guerber's Myths of Greece and Rome.
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[User Picture]From: mirrorspindle
2007-03-01 07:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. Maybe someday I can aspire to Irene Papas's hair.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-01 08:03 pm (UTC)
Your hair is great the way it is.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-01 08:16 pm (UTC)
It's a marvellous axe- double-headed- as wielded by Robert Graves's White Goddess.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
You're not the first to notice this. It drew comment when the picture was new. On the other hand, googling the artist, I found a portrait of his wife- and clearly she was the model for Clytemnestra- or, at least, for the face of Clytemnestra. Interesting, eh?

Collier was an old Etonian, by the way.....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-02 09:37 am (UTC)
Collier is really quite good. We have his huge painting of The Death of Cleopatra here in Oldham and it has the status almost of a municipal icon.

He was a pupil of Alma Tadema's and lived long enough to paint a portrait of his nephew, Aldous Huxley.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-03-03 05:30 pm (UTC)
That's rather striking. Alma Tadema's Cleo looks passably like the profile on that coin they just uncovered.

And how on earth did Millais' easel come to be Auckland?
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