the dandy portraits

“I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me, and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day–mock me horribly!”

-Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)
“Robert de Montesquiou” (1897)
Located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Montesquiou (1855-1921) was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy.

Lieutenant Andrew Finucane of the 10th (Prince of Wales’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)

By James Northcote, 1811.

From the collection of the National Army Museum.