La Conchita

Jenkins recalls being 22 or 23 years old (i.e., in about 1927 or 28) when he first met Glober, who at that time wanted to buy an Augustus John drawing. [TK 72/66 ]. Jenkins arranged for him to meet Mopsy Pontner, who was trying to sell one:

Glober bought the Augustus John drawing on sight.  He made no demur about the price, a fairly steep one in the then market. It was a three-quarter length of a model called La Conchita, a gipsy type Barnby, too, sometimes employed. [TK 76/70]

Seated Nude Augustus John, ~1920 Chalk on paper, 14 x 9 '' The Tate © The estate of Augustus John. All Rights Reserved 2014 / Bridgeman Images

Seated Nude
Augustus John, ~1920
Chalk on paper, 14 x 9 ”
The Tate
© The estate of Augustus John. All Rights Reserved 2014 / Bridgeman Images

We have previously mentioned Augustus John (1878-1961) in regard to Sir Magnus Donners’ collection of drawings.  The National Portrait Gallery owns 33 portraits by John of varied aristocratic or otherwise distinguished contemporaries; however, we surmise that Glober, like Donners, wanted a John nude for his collection. La Conchita (the little seashell in Spanish), after all, is not only a legitimate, if exotic, girl’s name, but also vulgar slang for part of the female anatomy, and in the paragraphs that follow, Powell is at his bawdiest in describing Glober’s sexual proclivities with Mopsy.

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