Figure VIII

June 30, 2006

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Above the coffee cups and crumpets, between the chimes of the half hour, through the hazy scent of flowers cut from the garden; conversation is exchanged. Nancy brings the teapot through from the kitchen. Rupert, the salesman, describes a consignment of ladies wigs that has just arrived at the depot;

“Beautiful styles, they are Nancy, really tip-top–”

And the artist, Anita, awaits the arrival of an envelope of bad news as she has done all the week. It is through these vignettes of life that our story shall be told. Through the snatched glimpses of incident and waiting, through the momentary struggles and unimportant meals of tea and toast; all shall be documented, recorded, reported and sketched.

“And for the first time they’ve produced the Enchantment range in bruised apricot. I’ve always said that the Enchantment was deserving of bruised apricot.”

“Do any women really still wear wigs these days?” asks Laura, one of the students.

“Wigs never go out of fashion.” Rupert replies and is about to enter into his sales patter, ready to dive into the pool of familiar rhythms and rippling cadences, its proud boasts of how another look might be achieved in a matter of minutes, and these wigs are an investment – classic styles that will never look tired… when the attention of the room is taken from him by the sudden appearance of Ernest in the doorway.

Figure VII

June 29, 2006

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Our story begins some time around seven on a wet Thursday morning in June. Rain beats out a steady pulse upon the windowpanes. Tealeaves infuse in the rich darkness of the pot. Nancy lays out breakfast thing in the dining room as she used to for her husband and now does for her guests, who one by one descend the staircase and enter the room.

Figure VI

June 27, 2006

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…and the once popular, 1950s entertainer Ernest Sturt-Sissons.

Figure V

June 26, 2006

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…two students…

Figure IV

June 25, 2006

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…an artist…

Figure III

June 24, 2006

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…to a travelling salesman…

Figure II

June 23, 2006

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…where your Aunt Nancy lets out rooms…

Figure I

June 22, 2006

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This is the house in Pimlico…