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Once I opened my studio in London, I immediately started to paint a series of fourteen life-size portraits of dancers of the Royal Ballet, for an historical exhibition in the church of St. Paul’s in Covent Garden that was titled after the Muse of the dance, Terpsichore. Many of the most famous dancers of company at that time posed for me like Svetlana Beriosova, Anthony Dowell, Antoinette Sibley, the Canadians, Wayne Eagling and Jenny Penny. One of the first dancers that posed for me nude was Julian Hosking. Julian was not only a promising dancer who later became a principal dancer for the company but a young man with a vast knowledge of Egyptian art, astrology and music especially opera. Julian was to have an enormous influence on my life and my painting. Together we visited most of the museums and galleries in Italy and traveled the world together with the Royal ballet from Seoul to Buenos Aries los Angeles to Montreal. Wherever the company stopped to give performances, when Julian was not on stage, we found time to attend the local theatres and visit the museums.
We lived for more than six years together in Kensington, not far from Kensington Palace and received some of the most inspiringing artist in our home. Julian was friendly with Princess Margaret, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn and among my friends was The Marquess of Londonderry, Svetlana Beriosova, Henri Cartier Bresson and Freddie Mercury. We had some of the stimulating evenings to be had in London during those happy, happy years.