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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Masturbating Venus by David Hamilton



In fact, this is British actress Teresa Ann Savoy, most famous for appearing in Bob Guccione's Caligula (1979).  She also starred in Salon Kitty (1976), Private Vices and Public Virtues (1976) and some other Italian films and TV in the eighties before disappearing into self-imposed obscurity.  She died, at the age of 61, in Milan, in January this year, 

It is from a pictorial that appeared in French magazine Lui in August 1980.  Such an overtly sexual pose is unique in Hamilton's work and, at 25, Savoy would have been rather older than his usual models of the time.

3 comments:

  1. IIRC, this photograph is drawn from a set of pictures in Hamilton's book "Private Collection" (1975). This would put Savoy at 20 when the book was published. Obviously, the picture could have been made years at a session years earlier, but you're right, she's still older than Hamilton's usual preference.

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    1. You're quite right. I have this book (a girlfriend bought it for me (my edition is dated 1983) but I had forgotten the picture.

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