CRISP, QUENTIN (1908-99)
English writer, television personality and raconteur.
SIG – Signature and dedication taken from a book. Sufficient room for matting. Accompanied by a 11″x14″ color litho print image of Crisp from an original by Andy Warhol.
From a conventional suburban background, Crisp enjoyed wearing makeup and painting his nails and worked as a rent-boy in his teens. He then spent 30 years as a professional model for life-classes in art colleges. He also earned a living as a British civil servant. The interviews he gave about his unusual life attracted increasing public curiosity and he was soon sought after for his highly individual views on social manners and the cultivation of style. His one-man stage show was a long-running hit both in the UK and America. He also appeared in films and on TV. Crisp defied convention by criticizing both gay liberation and Diana, Princess of Wales. Based upon his public statements, Crisp was both a homophobe and misogynist. Some considered in a “third rate Oscar Wilde.”