bianca jagger in the garden at reddish (cecil beaton)

Venice 1 September 1973

Unexpectedly found myself here after an interval of at least 5 years, and there were moments of beauty at sunset and later by artificial light, with the dome of San Salute lit in a greenish brillance, reflected in the morning water of the current, which alone justified the visit. Venice is a place that has played an extraordinary important in my life, and once more memories of forgotten events and people flooded back, and as with he last visit, the effects appeared differently. There is never a monotony in the most evanescent and ever changing masterpiece.

It was interesting to see the influx of the new stars. andy Warhol in a silk dinner jacket, Bianca Jagger with a swagger stick, Helmut Berger, very German and Marlene Dietrich-esque, his hair dyed yellow, and the latest girlfriend of David Rothschild.

The others went off to Venice to watch the Regatta (I, arriving in late evening, saw the best, the return of the boats, in the apricot Canaletto light) and I had the day to myself. it was like a purge.

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(the cecil beaton diaries, 2003 phoenix)

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Sunday May 14 2017


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