Another postcard from Naples: here we’re looking across the bay to Capri. A place of outsized significance in the atlas of Strange Flowers, it is the island where Evan Morgan encountered Denham Fouts, a stopping-off point for Jean Lorrain, the scene of Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach‘s last years, the short-lived abode of the Marchesa Casati, a place scandalised by Jacques Adelswärd-Fersen and (briefly) the Reverend Julian Henshaw, and one-time home to artist Romaine Brooks, who died on this day in 1970. For more background, read this fascinating post by historian Rachel Hope Cleves describing her encounter with Capri and its illustrious ghosts.
For me, though, despite the temptingly Brooksian palette of the windy, unsettled day, it was not to be. Time was short and I didn’t make it off the mainland. There will always be another time. Won’t there?