Category Archives: Art, Photography & Sculpture

Waugh and the Sri Lankan Cubist

The Deccan Chronicle, an English-language paper based in Hyderabad, has published an article about a 20th century Sri Lankan artist little known in the West. This is George Keyt (1901-1993) who is described as a cubist, influenced by the works … Continue reading

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Visit to Oslo

A letter from Evelyn Waugh to a Mr Some on the stationery of the Grand Hotel in Oslo is to be sold by Forum Auctions later this month. The letter would have been written in August 1947 while Waugh was on … Continue reading

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El Pais Chronicles Brideshead TV Generation

A feature article in the Spanish language newspaper El Pais chronicles the generation of party goers inspired by the 1981 Granada TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited:In his first scene, Sebastian appears vomiting through an open window. Margaret Thatcher had been living in Downing Street … Continue reading

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Early Waugh Book on Offer

London booksellers Peter Harrington are offering an early Waugh publication from 1927. This is a collection called the Decorative Drawings of Francis Crease for which Waugh wrote the 5 page preface. This was published the year after the appearance of his … Continue reading

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Rex Whistler Exhibit at Mottisfont Abbey

The Guardian has reported an exhibit of the works of artist Rex Whistler at Mottisfont Abbey, a National Trust property located in Hampshire between Winchester and Salisbury. Whistler decorated the interior of the house in the late 1930s when it … Continue reading

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Party Time: Vile Bodies and Bruno Hat

The anticipation of New Year's Eve parties inspired media references to Vile Bodies. In an entertainment news blog (Salon.com), several memorable party scenes from films were recalled. The opening scene from Stephen Fry's film adaptation of the novel (retitled as Bright … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies, with an Emphasis on the Vile

The Sydney Morning Herald reviews a recently-opened exhibit of contemporary Chinese art that is somewhat misleadingly entitled "Vile Bodies." Vile Bodies is a catchy title but there are very few points of comparison between Evelyn Waugh's novel about the party-going lifestyles of young … Continue reading

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Blue Feet and Smarty Boots

This week's issue of Standpoint magazine reviews a autobiographical book by artist Nicky Loutit. The book is entitled New Year's Day is Black. The review, by Jessica Douglas-Home, begins with this reference to the book's preface, in which Evelyn Waugh … Continue reading

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Portrait with Bowler Hat and Cigar

A blogger has posted on The Tweed Pig a well known 1930s photo of Evelyn Waugh and explained its progeny. The photo was selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery as a gift:I went for the photograph ... of Evelyn … Continue reading

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Waugh Cited in Press Interviews

Several recent unrelated newspaper interviews mention Evelyn Waugh in the context of the careers of those interviewed. In the Catholic Herald, historical novelist Robert Harris talks about his latest novel Conclave. This has as its setting the selection of a Pope. The … Continue reading

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