Friday, January 18, 2008

Fabulous Friday!

Friday at last! This week has been a slow one.

This week it is my pleasure to introduce the gloriously beautiful, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough.

This portrait by Giovanni Boldini is a favorite of mine. It seems to combine the sometimes incongruous qualities of whimsy and elegance. She is painted here with her youngest son, Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill.

Sadly, her marriage to Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough didn't last and they divorced in 1921. Rest assured she didn't spend her days shut up in a convent.

Here's to a restful weekend!

2 comments:

Liz said...

She is FANTASTIC. I love this painting. I want a wall of royalty prints, that's what I want. :)

Jennie said...

She is incredibly beautiful and elegant!! I couldn't be elegant if I tried.