Thursday, 22 February 2018

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After posting the previous entry, I remembered a 2009 conversation I had with the nephew of Victor Garcia. I will call him Fermin, as he does not wish me to use his name. Victor was George's romantic partner long before the founding of the Quaintance Studio. After George and Victor ceased to be lovers, Victor remained George's business partner and principal studio photographer, and he co-inherited the Quaintance estate.

Fermin told me that, as a child, he and his sister and mother (Victor's sister, Josefina) would visit George and Victor in their New York City apartment. The painting Kanaka Fisherman was hanging over the mantelpiece, and Fermin and his sister would giggle at it and call it "the nakedy man."

The story of how I located Fermin, and what happened with the Quaintance estate after George's death, is told in the forthcoming biography.

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