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Rupert Pole

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Original 18x22.25” watercolor portrait of Rupert Pole as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Unframed. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As he appears in the text:

“When Anaïs met her second husband, Rupert Pole, she found him sensitive and kind, but wrote in her diary, ‘Danger! He is probably a homosexual!’ Anaïs was engaged in a complicated, mostly unconsummated affair with Gore Vidal, twenty years her junior. When she fell in love with Rupert, she broke things off with Gore. He was so shocked and heartbroken he proposed. Years later, Anaïs wrote about the affair in her memoirs; Gore denied it all in his. After his death, letters confirmed her side of the story. Anaïs eventually moved to California with Rupert, but stayed married to Hugh, whom she visited often. When Anaïs passed away in 1977, the Los Angeles Times named Rupert her surviving husband; the New York Times went with Hugh Guiler. In truth, she had, for eleven years, been married to both men, but had her marriage to Rupert annulled because both men were claiming her as a dependent on their taxes.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎