Monday, 9 November 2009

Mr Henry White



Mr Henry White, 1883. Husband of Amelia White, the American ambassador.

After John Singer Sargent.

2 comments:

  1. Another classic. Too funny. I know this painting.

    And Henry White was a VERY distinguished, impeccably dressed diplomat - just perfect for a complete transformation of identity.

    Stripped of his masculinity, divested of his white tie and tails and patent leather pumps, as well as his career as ambassador and his elite Paris education - and taught his proper lowly place - as you have shown!

    Lovely drawing in Wiki:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0c/Henry_White%2C_Vanity_Fair%2C_1899-03-16.jpg/143px-Henry_White%2C_Vanity_Fair%2C_1899-03-16.jpg

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  2. I see that Mr. White's luxuriant mustache has been shaved off as well - and quite right too. It looked imposing with his white tie and tails when he was still the ambassador, but it would interfere with that beautiful dress.

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