By Susanna Johnston
The prodigiously talented John Fleming and Hugh Honour have been the final titans of artwork heritage, dwelling in a gorgeous, secluded Italian villa that cocooned their inner most lives as their international status grew. To Susanna Johnston, although, they have been easily John and Hugh, an inseparable couple and of her closest acquaintances. that they had met at Gli Scafari, the opulent villa at the Italian Riviera of the blind author Percy Lubbock - considered one of Henry James' inamoratos and Iris Origo's step father - while she used to be twenty one, on vacation, penniless and short of a role. John and Hugh had confident Percy that she might take over as his examining spouse regardless of being a lady, and she or he therefore freed them to embark on careers that might propagate their wide-ranging enthusiasms and rigorous wisdom, enriching the lives of hundreds of thousands of paintings lovers.
Originally a part of the Anglo-Italian international orbiting Bernard Berenson's I Tatti and Harold Acton's los angeles Pietra, John Fleming and Hugh Honour have been bemused via being lionised by means of the super-rich who beat a route to their Villa Marchio. Privately poking cruel enjoyable at this (to them) difficult phenomenon, their reluctance to have interaction with the skin global elevated precipitously following a annoying housebreaking within the Eighties, simply as they gained prestigious prize after prize, whilst truck a great deal of worthy, meticulously-collected yet uninsured artistic endeavors have been pillaged from their secluded villa. This candid memoir, choked with inner most anecdotes, illuminates those celebrated, passionate, and intensely English geniuses, via a close-up of a well-seasoned friendship of over 60 years.
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