Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On Mr. Stephen James Napier Tennant

"Later, asked by his father, Lord Glenconner, what he wanted to be in life, he answered, 'A great beauty, sir.'"

-D.J. Taylor

His great-niece, Stella Tennant, modeled for Tim Walker in his likeness.


little augury said...

love seeing this together! pgt

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Great to see the 'updated' photograph of his great-niece!
I think Stephen proved that beauty comes from the inside: He believed he was beautiful well into his old age when he had become rather....eh-hem....hefty!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Ever seen pics of his house? Waaaay over the top!

In a fabulously fabulous sort of way, of course.

Love the quote

Hannah Stoneham said...

How brilliant of you to put these two images together - marvellous. thank you.


Daniel-Halifax said...

P.G.T.-It's neat how similar they look, nay?

A.D.-I keep on looking and looking and looking for pictures of him olde, but to no avail! If you have any please send hither!

D.E.D- I've seen a couple, dare I say, satin beds?

Han-Thanks!!!! :)

Thomas at My Porch said...

Have you read Serious Pleasures? Great bio of Tennant.

Daniel-Halifax said...

I haven't but I want to!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Ooh, yes, "Serious Pleasures" is wonderful. So many delicious tales of a legendary eccentric. I'll look and see if there are some photos of him in his more rotund years...if so, I'll scan one and email it to you. xx

Daniel-Halifax said...

Grazie, Lisa! I'd LOVE that!

Nick Heywood said...

Salacious gossip, the whole book. I love the idea of the man, but I found the thing quite tedious.

Though I must admit I want his bronze portrait bust. Wonderful. I think it was a Tchelitchew? Can't recall, but I loved it.