The Friends of Flagg #16

Norman Lindsay

"Three important things about Australia: Kangaroos, Melba and Norman Lindsay. A great artist — Lindsay — leaning towards the fantastic and diabolical. His head was suggestive of an early Roman. When he came over a number of years ago he wanted to have a show of his wonderful watercolors and couldn't get a gallery. I was delighted to get one for him and a date for his show, and wrote him accordingly. He simply never replied. These irresponsible artists! He's probably back Down Under — maybe the Daisies."

(I'll send this one out to my dear Jordanna, who grew up reading Norman Lindsay's beloved — and slightly twisted — 1918 children's book The Magic Pudding. You can read it for yourself at Project Gutenberg, although it loses something without Lindsay's charming illustrations.)

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