Kit Hes­keth-har­vey’s favourite paint­ing

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The cabaret artist and writer chooses a sen­sual por­trait that hangs at Clar­idge’s

‘I’ll cheer­fully ad­mit this is no Lady with an Er­mine. Boris was no Leonardo. But I love her. She used to hang in the ball­room, look­ing down as I fre­quently sang to the likes of Princess Mar­garet, Queen Ju­liana and Sir Ge­org Solti. She dis­ap­peared and I was heart­bro­ken, fear­ing that she had been sold. And then Clar­idge’s–whose glam­our she em­bod­ies–hung her still prouder of place. Her face could be by Bakst, her at­ti­tude is so ir­re­sistibly sen­sual. I’d no idea who Boris was, save that he was White Rus­sian. I hoped he’d had an im­pos­si­bly sad and ro­man­tic his­tory. He had

Kit Hes­keth-har­vey is a cabaret per­former and writer, cur­rently ap­pear­ing at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val. His de­tec­tive novel, For The Shoot­ing, is pub­lished in Oc­to­ber

Ju­lia Wor­swick (Mrs Boris Pas­toukhoff), 1933/34, by Boris Ivanovich Pas­toukhoff (1894–1974), 661⁄2in by 141⁄2in, Clar­idge’s, Lon­don

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