January 9th, 2009
If you haven’t read Nancy Mitford, you must. Her historical biographies are amusing, insightful and a bit catty. She had been criticized in her time for having just written another one of her biographical novels when The Sun King was first published. The only difference, it was said, was that it was set at the court of Louis XIV instead of the 20th century English Countryside of her childhood.
The quote, that I embroidered with vintage cotton threads on a linen ground over a 6 month period in 2006, is from the book, The Sun King. It illuminates the life of not only Louis XIV’s brother Monsieur, Philippe of France, Duke of Orleans, but what is possible for all homosexuals. Indeed, we set our sites too low, constrained by convention.
This is all ready for the framers, and then will be for sale.