The beautifully-produced catalogue of a wonderful exhibition that has moved from Cyprus to Athens and now to the British Museum. The friendship of these three men lasted five decades, and is illustrated by a profusion of paintings, letters, photographs, etc. The labyrinthine network of their circle (Stephen Spender, Ann Fleming, Lucian Freud, Nikos Kazantsakis…) is a roll-call of lasting fascination.
We have imported this from Cyprus, and believe stock may prove limited.
Edited by Martin Gayford, David Dawson & Mark Holborn
The finest presentation of Freud’s work to date, in 2 clothbound vols, in a slipcase. A collaborative triumph between David Dawson (director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend), author and art critic Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.
In the early 1930s Kenneth and Jane Clark dined with the art dealer and collector Joseph Duveen, where they ate from a fabulous blue and gold Sevres dinner service made for Catherine the Great; so taken were they with the splendour that they commissioned a dinner service from Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The result – that, incidentally, Kenneth Clark did not much like – was their ‘Famous Women’ dinner service. The set of 48 dinner plates from the service are adorned with portraits of actresses, writers, queens and notorious beauties from all parts of the world and from all eras, from Helen of Troy, Sappho and Lady Shikibu to Greta Garbo, Ellen Terry and Virginia Woolf.
This catalogue shows each of these plates, as well as other works by DG and VB. It also includes a brief memoir by Richard Shone about Duncan Grant and of Charleston, which he first visited in 1965 as a schoolboy, his friendship with DG struck up over two days spent sitting for a portrait. There are contributions by many others, including Frances Spalding and Hana Leaper.