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« Reply #690 on: July 02, 2016 03:33:49 AM »

I kind of what to read that article now, even though you've said it's inaccurate.
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« Reply #691 on: July 02, 2016 04:51:07 AM »

It's mostly stuff you already know, with a few more gossipy tidbits.  I was really quite disappointed, to be honest.  It seems as though the author doesn't really know his subject; he claims Ernest is "Largely remembered today for a series of films he made in Hollywood in the 1930s."  Just two films, not "a series."  He gets that very simple fact wrong - can we expect much accuracy in the rest of the article? I am especially disappointed by his cherry-picking of so many disparaging comments about Ernest, and promoting them as though that was the general impression everyone had of him.   Sad

The saddest thing in the article was that the author was not able to locate any existing embroidery by Ernest.  Of course, given he was not aware of all the examples of Ernest's other artwork, we can't know if he looked very hard.  I retain hope that some piece of Ernest's embroidery will eventually surface.

And just for the heck of it, here's a photo of Ernest with Gladys Cooper.  Easily mistaken for each other, don't you think?

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« Reply #692 on: July 02, 2016 05:29:11 AM »

For anyone in the UK - here is a reference to a crafted item which I believe is very likely to have been made by Ernest, as it was used by him as a prop, and combines two crafts which he practiced, crochet and beadwork.  Sadly, no photo:  http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1113974/purse/

So that might be something!

I'm also convinced that the two kneelers Ernest worked for Chelsea Old Church still exist - the church considers these embroideries to be a treasure of history.  I'm sure if they got too worn to use, they would be preserved in storage.  But just whoever answers the phone at the church couldn't be expected to know the names of everyone who ever made a kneeler.  Same with the embroidery for Holy Trinity Church - the people who answer the phone can't be expected to know what all is in the church or in storage.  A person in the UK contacted the church for me awhile ago, asking about the embroidery, but the person who answered the phone didn't know anything about it, and the person who called didn't have the opportunity to go bug them in person.  We'd need someone in England, preferably in London, who was really dedicated enough to go bugging people to dig stuff out of storage.  Casual asking won't unearth items that are this far down the history pile, and no longer famous.

We need a real bulldog, willing to root around and not give up!
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« Reply #693 on: July 05, 2016 01:21:14 AM »

*takes off glasses, squints and tilts head* Nope! Still doesn't look alike! Roll Eyes

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« Reply #694 on: July 08, 2016 10:53:05 AM »

Found another reference to Ernest's embroidery, in this little booklet from 1968. It mentions the kneelers he stitched, but doesn't mention him!

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« Reply #695 on: July 23, 2016 12:50:22 PM »

Tracked down another painting, "The Thames at Westminster," 1904:



and a sketch for a war charity, 1916:





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