Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rodin’s Le Baiser

AW concludes with Jenkins musing on love as he rushes to meet Jean; in his pocket is a French postcard from her, showing  “a man and a woman sitting literally one on top of the other in an armchair upholstered with … Continue reading

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Pictures in Stringham’s Flat

When Jenkins and Widermerpool bring the drunk Stringham back to his flat, Jenkins is reminded of Stringham’s room at school [AW 214/205]. On the walls hang the racehorse prints of The Pharisee and Trimalchio, pictures of Stringham’s parents, a drawing … Continue reading

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Braque and Dufy

When Jenkins first met Lady Anne Stepney in the late 1920s, Botticelli seemed to be the limit of her knowledge of art. However, by 1933,  Stringham, speaking of his ex-sister-in-law, says: “I heard by the way, that Anne had got a painter … Continue reading

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Chardin

When Nick meets the truculent, self-styled “art student” Anne Stepney at Foppa’s, Anne surveys Foppa and his card-playing companion and remarks, “‘I always think people playing cards make such a good pattern.’ ‘Rather like a Chardin,’ I suggested. ‘Do you … Continue reading

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Degas and Guys

At Foppa’s club, Foppa himself is no less handsomely turned out than Victor Emmanuelle II, but in the finely tailored suit and shoes of an urban dandy.  Foppa is fond of trotting races and the gambling that attends them.  “Hanging … Continue reading

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