Best Pick-Up Line, Like, Ever

"... when she was stepping from her carriage one day, an Irish dustman exclaimed: 'Love and bless you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your eyes!,' a compliment which she often recalled whenever others complimented her by retorting, 'After the dustman's compliment, all others are insipid.' "

Ah, Lady Georgiana Spencer. Friend to dustmen, snappy retorts, preposterous hats and illegitimate babies, I admire thee. Here she is in a Joshua Reynolds portrait with the latter:

Though I do think not having a portrait done (Gainsborough, maybe?) with the Irish dustman was a mistake. It certainly would have been no more unconventional than many of her other life choices.

1 comment:

Temps perdu said...

Ah bless, that is lovely!

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