“Saw Belle last night…”

“Saw Belle last night, saw a lot of her!”

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I’d love to read the rest of the letter this quote came from…

Isabella Stewart Gardner scandalised her Bostonian contemporaries with her tightly cut evening dresses. If you want an idea, check out Sargent’s portrait where he used three pearl necklaces to simultaneously show off her tiny waist and impressive cleavage.

I have a feeling that Belle knew exactly how to channel her inner beast.

When her eponymous museum was opened she insisted it be staffed only by good-looking Harvard men. You can read about the rest of the architecture here:

http://theerrantaesthete.com/2010/04/27/beauteous-belle-of-boston/

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