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Kenneth Clark: A Biography

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published 1984 by Holt Rinehart Winston
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Jun 17, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
The best bits are from the 30s, when Clark was director of the National Portrait Gallery and Surveyor of the King's Pictures. He would often lunch with the Queen after a morning spent rehanging the paintings in Buckingham Palace. Lady Clark, bug-eyed with cocaine, would spend her days being chauffeured around London, first to the chocolatier and then to the couturier, where she would get hammered with friends while being fitted for gowns.

Wonderfully cinematic, this:

'When the Clarks began looking
Though Meryle Secrest insisted this was not an "authorized biography," since she had not been given Lord Clark's permission to quote from his diaries, letters, and private papers, she nevertheless had the full co-operation of Clark and those of his family, friends, and colleagues who were still alive at the time she was doing her research. I've seen no indication that the Clark family has any plans to release any of those papers (and at any rate, the reading public seems much more interested in ...more
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