Sunday, March 21, 2010


Before the beauty of Lady Diana Spencer there was
the beauty of Lady Diana Cooper .

For the first of the fabulous costume balls after the Second

World War which was held in Venice, she went dressed as

Cleopatra from Tiepolo's magnificent painting which is in

the National Gallery of Victoria.

She loved this costume so much that Cecil Beaton photographed
her in it and after that she used it as her passport image.
How great is that?


Jayne said...

She was simply devine!

Lord Sedgwick said...

"For the first of the fabulous costume balls after the Second World War which was held in Venice"

OTOH, after the Second World War my fabulously costumed balls were held in awe by everyone in Venice.

Andrew said...

I have read something about her but having checked the link, nothing is ringing a bell. It will come to me.

Brian Hughes said...

I'm not sure 'great' is the word. 'Vain' would be more suitable.

JahTeh said...

Jayne, the whole family was madly eccentric in the true British style. I've only read the 2nd book of her autobiography and she was a great personality unlike the '15 minutes of fame' tarts we get these days.


Andrew, her husband Duff Cooper was part of the Churchill mob who opposed Chamberlain's appeasement policies in 1939.

Fleetwood, the point is me looking at my passport photo and wanting to be dressed like Cleopatra and looking like Diana instead of the pathetic old bag that stares back at me. I shouldn't really complain since I look younger now than I did then. Must be the fat filling out the wrinkles. By the way do you have one passport or three to get your nose in?

Lord Sedgwick said...

Oh OK then, I can do that, presuming you have a 32 inch high definition facility.

JahTeh said...

Right MiLord, we'll all adjourn to the Synchrotron to use the super lasar microscope, oh pardon, my mistake I thought you meant to display the jewells in their current form but you mean photos.
Silly me, how are the prunes these days?

Middle Child said...

She was something elegant - sorry to be ignorant but I had never heard of her - but there are lots of people I have never heard of