Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Nancy Mitford

You may have recognized the English writer Nancy Mitford. She lived, found inspiration and died in this rather unobtrusive house in Montreuil neighbourhood. VDP chose the above photo because it was taken by Sir Cecil Beaton...

Vous aurez peut-être reconnu l'écrivain anglais Nancy Mitford qui a vécu et est décédée dans cette maison discrète, rue d'Artois à Montreuil. VDP a choisi la photo ci-dessus parce qu'elle a été prise par Sir Cecil Beaton...

26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful picture of a beautiful woman, an interesting house and I suspect there might be some interesting stories about both!!

Michelle said...

What a classic portrait.

RedPat said...

A beautiful portrait!

Barbara Farr said...

Pretty lady, but what is holding up her dress?

Jack said...

I'm glad Barbara asked that!

William Kendall said...

Ah, so I'm not the only one who had that thought? Thank you, Barbara!

It's a lovely building... has real character to it.

Randy said...

Love the house.

Bob Crowe said...

That could be Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The portrait looks like a model for a Limoges porcelain figurine.

Jeanmi said...

Les traducteurs automatiques donnent des résultats surréalistes...

Dave said...

I'm with Sylvia about there must be some interesting stories here. She's from a famous, intriguing family.

Olivier said...

un beau portrait, dans le type de ces années la, avec ce regard perdu

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful portrait, and the house is very unobtrusive!

EG CameraGirl said...

I can't help laughing at Barbabra's question. ;)

Bergson said...

je ne connaissais pas

Stuart said...

As a recovering engineer by education, I was not aware of either Nancy Mitford or Sir Cecil Beaton. So thanks for helping to fill in the gaps. (And the gaps are BIG.)

VP said...

She was so beautiful...

Karl Demetz said...

Fine portrait of a beautiful lady...

JM said...

Your choice was perfect, Ciel! Sir Beaton's photo is absolutely gorgeous!

Tanya Breese said...

what a beautiful portrait!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

That's a very classy and beautiful portrait.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful photo! She looks like a 1930's movie star.

tapirgal said...

Interesting post, Ciel. I loved her book on Voltaire. My question was going to be, "Could the 'neckline' be any lower? I think not." Gorgeous portrait. I also love seeing where famous people lived or where history happened.

Halcyon said...

Very nice find! I had no idea she lived in France at all!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

She is a beauty for sure. The strapless gown has always been so elegant oui! I wonder if Cecil Beaton could have worked his magic on moi :))))

thirtysevenandcounting said...

A lovely portrait but I have a strong urge to fix her "wardrobe malfunction"! ;-)

~Lindy