Beatrice Harrison in New York - in the middle of the 1910's

from The Cello and the Nightingales- The autobiography of Beatrice Harrison, page 105:

The concert was in aid of the Red Cross and was packed. As I began the beautiful Bach Chorale with Anthony Bernard, whom I had met in England, had arranged for me, I felt as though I was in a dream and I could hardly see the audience. It was really quite a delicious sensation, for all pain had left me and I was as if dreaming. I was however brought back to earth somewhat when I noticed that the liquid powder was coming off and that I was half white, half-bruised-looking yellow!
cite as

Beatrice Harrison, and Patricia Cleveland-Peck (ed.), The Cello and the Nightingales- The autobiography of Beatrice Harrison (1985), p. 105. accessed: 29 September, 2023

location of experience: New York


Beatrice Harrison

Listening to

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written by Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Beatrice Harrison

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1910's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


On the day of the concert Beatrice awakened with her face and body practically black. She probably caught a type of jaundice that was then raging in England. She had an exquisite dress, pearl-grey satin with a large collar, and her face, neck, chest, arms, hands and fingers thickly coated with the liquid powder.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 20 May 2015 15:47:50 +0100
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:38:40 +0000