Thursday, May 23, 2013

Henri de Haiphong

Wonderful old image from Indochine--another of those mythic postcard places.  The way the tie seems to be imitating the beard is a piece of charming preciosity.

This fellow is not identified on the back--it's a very beautiful mauve-tinted cabinet card---but he's always made me think of the diplomat from M. Butterfly.  Costume-wise at least.  He looks a bit too wily, perhaps, to play the gullible Bernard Boursicot....