16 February 2014

Henry James Portraits, I


Portrait on the Grand Canal
photographed by David Bailey

"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration
and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process."
Henry James to to H.G. Wells (10 July 1915)

  The Conte and Contessa Brandolini on their flower strewn terrace,
the flowers are for a dinner preceding a Venetian Ball.

(from VOGUE, November 1967)


  1. Process of force, process of beauty, in which what is constant is process. I don't think Henry James can be ranked in sensitivity to this language. I know he can't be read without substantiating this impression. This quotation was of course an ideal selection.

  2. How lovely! I long for balmy weather these days - and a little aesthetic bliss



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