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BACK    TO    PARIS    AND    CELEBRITIES
of course, knew her at once by her resemblance to
Nancy. She was perfectly charming and I felt at
once at my ease. I met Lord Inchcape and Lady
Cynthia Asquith and then Aldous Huxley, the Sit-
wells and several other people came in. I sat next
Lord Inchcape at luncheon and was rather fright-
ened, but Lady Gunard is such a wonderful hostess
that no one could possibly feel nervous for more
than a second. After luncheon she sat beside me
and asked me what work I had been doing. I said
that I had spent the morning drawing Stulik and
she said how much she would like to see it. I said
that I had got it with me. I fetched it from the hall
and they all liked it very much. Lady Gunard
asked me if I wrould do a drawing of Nancy, and
how much would I charge? I said boldly, "Ten
guineas/3 and I arranged a sitting a few days later.
I did, I think, quite a good drawing and got my
cheque the next morning. If only more patrons of
art would treat artists in this way we would not be
so frequently " in the soup."
I visited my exhibition every day and felt gloomier
and gloomier. In the evening I went to the Eiffel
Tower and wondered if I should ever get back to
Paris. After the show closed, some kind person
bought a small picture and I took the first train
back to Paris. During this visit to London I had
looked with interest at the river and the dirty streets,
and began to think that I might be able, some day,
to paint them. I felt, however, that I had not yet
got all that I could from Paris and that I should
have to stay there for still some years. I had my
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