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Nov272010

Resting Up, London, March 26, 1962



I just about died when I discovered this painting of Jacqueline Kennedy sleeping in floral D. Porthault bed linens. Could there be anything more up my alley?! The watercolor is by Jacqueline Duhême, whom Jackie met during her 1961 voyage to Paris with JFK. Ms. Duhême also accompanied Jackie and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, when they traveled to Pakistan and India in 1962. It is suggested that Jackie loved Ms. Duhême's work because it reminded her of her own style of drawing (see my post about the Bouvier sisters’ book, One Special Summer.)  “Resting Up, London" sold for $21,600 in the Sotheby's famed 2005 Kennedy Auction. The couple behind the winning bid purchased the painting for the D. Porthault Historical Collection (I didn’t know that such a thing existed!). I’d l-o-v-e to find a print for my gallery wall... I understand that the Kennedy Library might sell petite replicas. Come Monday morning, I’ll have to give them a call :) 

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Reader Comments (4)

How very charming!! And yes, who knew about a Porthault Historical Collection?! Please let us know what you discover.

11.28.2010 | Unregistered Commenterquintessence

i know you are quite a fan of jackie kennedy, and i agree that she was definitely a beautiful woman. classic and poised, and a style icon. what i do not understand is how she could have just stood back and watched while her aunt and cousin fall into the life of heartache and debts of despair that they did. she and her family had the means and it wasn't until much later that jackie o. gave them 30,000 to clean up their family home. as i understand she only did that because an article about her life would have uncovered her less than upstanding aunt and cousin. do you have any insight on this?

11.28.2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Sarah,

Maybe she wasn't as close to the Beales as the press made it seem. I mean, it wasn't her responsibility that they fell apart! She wasn't completely selfish-- she did do plenty of charity work in her lifetime... And to be quite honest, we (the public) do not know the entire story. Who knows? Maybe she tried to help them before the $30,000 but they refused... Everyone makes mistakes and has their share of family heartbreaks. I wish I had a better answer to your question :(

11.28.2010 | Registered Commentera lovely being

oh! did you call? do they do little replicas? this is beyond sweet...totally captivated by this artist now. (and great response above btw!)

11.30.2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe zhush

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