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LIFE
it for a respectable sum of money. About midnight
a disturbance was heard outside accompanied by
loud hangings on the door. This was Modigliani,
who always appeared if he heard that I was dancing
anywhere. Hunt threw him out, I was rather sorry
as we could have sat him down in a. corner. Hunt
and his wife were great friends of his; they bought his
drawings and were very good to him. One day he
sold a stone head for a hundred francs. He adored
Picasso, who wore a blue serge suit and a yellowish-
brown cap. Modigliani went out and bought a blue
suit and a yellowish brown cap. He strutted up and
down outside the Rotonde to be admired. Unfor-
tunately towards the evening he got very drunk and
fell into the gutter, covering the beautiful new suit
with mud, and was very battered and sorry for him-
self the next morning.
Augustus John knew him very well and bought
two of his sculptures, which are now at his house at
Chelsea. He gave him several hundred francs for
them. This was before I knew either of them.
Modigliani said that he was tired of Paris and the
vile existence that he lived, and pined for Italy.
He asked John not to give him all the money but
enough to get to Italy, where he could live very
cheaply, and send him the money in small sums at
a time. He went to Italy and, after, wrote to say that
he was well and happy, enjoying the pure atmo-
sphere and the sunlight, so *ar away from the
temptations of Paris. John sent some more money
and Modigliani took the next train back to
France.
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