Elizabeth Smart writer & Robert MacBryde artist

By Fiona Green

An old Sohophile,I first came in 1961 as an art student & met some of my oldest & dearest friends here in the French pub.I now wish I had carried my camera - an old Zeiss Ikon - with me at all times.What memories ...I took this photo of writer,Elizabeth Smart & artist, Robert MacBryde outside the French in 1962.I was 18 years old.They were good to me.I loved singing & dancing with them. Robert came from the Modernist school of art with his brightly coloured cubist studies.His lover & long time partner, Robert Colquhoun, had not long been dead.Elizabeth wrote "By Grand Central Station" the poignant love story which matched the book,"The Dead Seagull"  written by her lover,the poet George Barker. Many artists & writers frequented the French house in those days: Francis Bacon,Patrick Swift,Tim Behrens,William Crozier,John Deakin,David Wright,Paul Potts, Colin MacInnes,Bruce & Jeffrey Bernard,Lucian Freud,Harry Diamond & many many others.Robert lived at Elizabeth's flat. He died in 1966 aged 53 in a car accident in Dublin. A marvellous old BBC black & white documentary film exists, of the two Roberts made by Ken Russell in the 1950's showing them painting together in Suffolk.Elizabeth died in 1986 & is buried in St George's Churchyard,South Elham,Suffolk.

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