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*Patrick Heron: Studies for a Portrait of T. S. Eliot*

Heron described looking into Eliot’s ‘grey eye’ as ‘looking into the most
conscious eye in the universe [...] into the very centre of contemporary
consciousness.’ Seeing the work’s progress at the house in Holland Park,
Heron recalls that Eliot exclaimed, ‘It’s a cruel face, a cruel face: a
very cruel face! But of course you can have a cruel face without being a
cruel person!’

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