A Gift From a Visitor from the Century Club in New York

This week, 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, an equally distinguished actor, was enjoying the celebrity of winning an Oscar, he commented that he felt entirely upstaged and like a mere courtesan. 
The Club is making plans to display this generous gift appropriately.