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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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