[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- tall & well-made, fond of ease & pleasure

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 6 10:07:58 PDT 2007


Charles, tastes have changed since the days of Rossetti and his crowd.  I think the assessment of the cabin-steward from Bolgona still holds.  Italians know about these matters.

Bruce

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>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: Jul 6, 2007 8:11 AM
>To: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>, bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
>Subject: RG Bitter Lemons -- tall & well-made, fond of ease & pleasure
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>Counter-evidence from a secret source.
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>Rossetti died in 1882. 
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>Lord Leighton was President of the Royal Academy. 
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>Thus we see a certain post-Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic imagining of 
>Cypriot beauty.
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>    http://www.cypruscollector.net/ency32.html
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>*Engravings: Cyprus Page 32*
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>*32. A Princess of Cyprus. 1882. 23.5x32 cms. Das Buch fur Ulle. German 
>text on verso." The Cypriotes are tall and well made; the women being 
>considered very handsome and graceful, though somewhat inclined to 
>corpulency (means paxoules) .They make free use of cosmetics, dye their 
>hair and eyebrows with 'henna', and wear dresses of the most brilliant 
>colours, with a profusion of gold coins, chains and trinkets..... They 
>are said to be extremely indolent and voluptuous, and to retain their 
>youthful appearance until forty and fifty years old; and they very 
>frequently remarry after they become grandmothers (ediavases to touto 
>kori?). Both sexes are fond of ease and pleasure ; this is possibly in 
>part due to the enervating climate, and in part to the oppression to 
>which they have been so long subject to" The Graphic, August 10th. 1878. *
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>Wake Forest University
>slighcl at wfu.edu
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