[Nice? Monte Carlo?], n. d., but ca. 1920s. 2 pages on a single leaf of blue stock, 10.5 x 8.25 inches, approx. 145 words. A couple of small damp-stains to the lower margin; in otherwise fine condition. Item #19335
A breezy letter redolent of fashionable Bohemian wealth living slightly beyond her own means, a presumably English woman on the Riviera thanking one Sir James for sending money: "oh, I was so so pleased to get that lovly [sic] present thanks a thousand times. The first thing we did was to *rush* off to Nice and to buy a lovely fur coat! so I know [sic, for now] go swaggering about with it on -- all the way to Caramellos !! were [sic] I sit on a high stool and help Kit drink a glass of sherry!" The accompanying accomplished ink drawings show a forlorn young lady in rags (labeled "Me!") who suddenly receives a draft for 1000F; the next picture shows her in a short fur coat, stockings, and bobbed hair. Vivien reports that "Daddy is going to paint Poppette this morning. . . . Darling Kit's portrait is getting on very well and I expect it will be finished very soon now." Vivien closes with "I have got to go and have my hair washed, so goodby -- see you in London I expect. Much love, Vivien." This portion of letter is adorned with two topless gamines in poses selected from the menu of odalisque and Gaugin maiden, with a couple glamorous women's faces added in the margins for good measure. The reference to Caramello's suggests the famed Royal Reserve on Cap Ferrat and further confirms the unknown Vivien's fashionable bona fides.