Mag Pye

Mag Pye

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... Monsieur," he said gaily, "tell me, you, with your cold English eye, have I got it?" and he flicked his fingers, with a gesture that stamped him as a southerner, towards his little canvas. I stood still in amazement; it was perfectly beautiful, the little picture--just a stretch of lawn, one pillar of the veranda, and above and on both sides the wild riotous colors of the flowers. I think my unmistakable pleasure pleased the jaded and much flattered man, and I think it pleased him the more because he knew that I felt it almost against my will. Thus it was that presently we were walking up and down waiting for the breakfast gong, and really talking together for the first time. I don't remember how it came up, but I know that when the gong did sound I knew a great deal more about William Bettany than I had known before. It appears that Dubourg and he had been really friends in the old days in Paris--in the days when Bettany had yet to prove himself, for he had been a man of slow development. They had lived in the same street, and bought their colors at the same shop, and eaten their cheap dinners at the same little restaurant. "He was a great man," I said thoughtfully. Dubourg rolled his big loose-set eyes at me. "In those days he hadn't found himself," he returned. "His pictures were charming, his sense of color already excellent, but he painted no better than half a dozen other young men of our group." After a pause he added: "Where are those two pictures of his now? The Luxembourg wanted them, you know." I explained that they were at the Tate, and then as Oxenden, his sister, and my old man came out on the veranda, I put one more question hastily. "Did you ever see him after those pictures were painted?" I asked. "Yes," the successful man...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665627
  • 9781236665621