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.


P.Gaye Tapp at 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.


DM 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 Hogglestock said...

Have you read Serious Pleasures? Great bio of Tennant.

DM 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

DM 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.