Author: Harry Mount (editor)
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About the Book:
The Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava (1941–2020) was a painter, yoghurt-maker and the entrepreneurial chatelaine of Clandeboye, one of Northern Ireland’s most bewitching houses.
Everyone from Van Morrison to Charles III descended on Clandeboye. Among the guests was David Hockney, spotted by Sheridan Dufferin, Lindy’s art-dealer husband, early in the artist’s career.
Born a Guinness, Lindy Dufferin had a gilded childhood. Ben Hogan taught her golf. Jacques Cousteau taught her to scuba-dive – with baby aqualungs. Truman Capote befriended her as a little girl.
But it was a fractured youth – salvaged by Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant, who showed Lindy how painting could be a way of life. For the next sixty years, she exhibited across the world – in realist, Cubist and abstract styles, drawing from the English and Irish Romantic traditions of landscape painting. And, with the tragic, premature death of her husband, Lindy set about reinvigorating Clandeboye with visionary zeal.
This moving book – edited by Harry Mount, Lindy’s godson – includes tributes from friends including Van Morrison, Tom Stoppard, Professor Roy Foster, Peter Mandelson and David Hockney.
About the Editor:
Harry Mount was Lindy Dufferin’s godson. He is editor of the Oldie magazine.