Hume as Olympia
This photograph has now been framed and has been hung in the Club for all to enjoy.
In the summer of 2017, the Scottish Arts Club was delighted to welcome from the Century Club in New York, the distinguished photographer Nancy Ellison who generously gifted to us one of her photographs, ‘Hume as Olympia’.
This artwork references Edouard Manet’s Olympia (1856), replacing the nude female courtesan with esteemed actor Hume Cronyn. Whereas the original was painted to arouse curiosity in the social mores of the day, the modern-day photograph was borne out of a comment made by Hume. As his wife, Jessica Tandy, and equally distinguished actor, was enjoying the celebrity of winning an Oscar, he commented that he felt entirely upstaged and like a mere courtesan.
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