Priscilla Weymouth

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Priscilla Weymouth, London, 1966.

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Stars of the silent screen: Fiona Hampton

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“Fiona Hampton (Fannie Kreutzer), famed for her roles in historical photoplays, including ‘The Doomed Queen’ (Anne Boleyn), ‘Stage of Tragedy’ (Mary Todd Lincoln) and ‘Christina the Conquerer,’ a forerunner to Greta Garbo’s later portrayal of the 17th century Swedish queen. As with so many of her contemporaries, Hampton’s career did not survive the rise of the talkies, although she did have a striking comeback role as an aged fence (‘Connie the Crone’) hawking stolen goods in a Bowery saloon in the 1952 B movie, ‘Dark and Deadly Love,’ now considered a film noir classic. Her last screen appearance was a brief cameo in a 1978 episode of ‘The Love Boat,’ which had been scripted by her grandson, Henry Kreutzer. She died in 1980 at the age of 83.” Pencil sketch, digital paint.

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The Flamenco Player

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Harry Brzezinski at St Mary’s Church, Witney, Oxfordshire, December 2018. Pencil sketch, digital paint.

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Film noir moments: “Body Blow,” 1953

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“‘Did I kill him? I could have. I wanted him dead. What he’s done to me deserves no mercy. If the gun had been in my hand, I would’ve pulled the trigger. But it wasn’t. So I didn’t. Sorry, cop. I may be going to hell, but not for this.’ From ‘Body Blow,’ 1953.” Pencil sketch.

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Portrait: Ruth Gower, Knoxville, Tennesseee

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Portrait of Ruth Gower, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 1981. Pencil sketch, digital paint.

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Bio: Dorothea Blankenship

doroth“Dorothea Blankenship, a younger contemporary and friend of Harlem Renaissance poets like Langston Hughes and Georgia Douglas Johnson. When the Depression devastated the Harlem literary scene, she returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, and worked as a schoolteacher. But in 1937, she moved to Paris, where she flourished as a translator and art critic. She joined the Resistance in 1942, and was killed in a shoot-out with Nazi soldiers in 1944 during an attempt to sabotage a German troop train. The lines below are from her 1927 book, ‘Nothing Left of the Harvest.'” Pencil sketch, digital paint.

“Sweet wine, terrible power,
Secret intelligence, a desirable place
To hide, in the hollow of the light.
Stay close to the body, stay masked
In the evening, tell people you’re dreaming,
Let no one know what you’ve become,
mysteriously transformed
into a mysterious state of eternity.”

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Geometric Storm

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Digital ink, digital paint.

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