Cora Gordon in Glasgow, 1948

An article in the Glasgow Herald of March 1948 reported on Cora Gordon's art lectures in Glasgow that month and gave the following description of her appearance:

"Wearing a silver turban and a black cloak over her white lace blouse and long full velvet skirt, emphasising her pale creamy complexion, and with long slender fingers, she looked every inch the artist. The turban is her distinctive headdress and yesterday at the Lady Artists' Club she wore another version of it in Pompeian red, with a fringe hanging to her shoulder."

Some of the biographical details are enjoyable, such as the teenage Cora Josephine Turner forcing her father, a "respectable man of medicine", to allow her to study art by threatening to go on stage, "an even less respectable profession." She then succeeded in his condition of passing the L.R.E.M. music examination within three months in order to be permitted to leave for France. The following is an interesting detail:
"Their engagement actually came to pass through their mutual activities in an attempt to regenerate an ether maniac." If I remember correctly, this was the character known as "Ffeel" in one of their other stories.

I also like the note that "her electric stove dazzles in scarlet paint."


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