Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart
Portrait of Germaine Greer

Creation date: 1984

Smart wrote of the Australian writer and good friend Germaine Greer in his 1996 autobiography: ‘We were immediately drawn to her; beautiful, intelligent, and wonderfully vivacious, she was a sparkling addition to our group of friends. Germaine’s house was at the end of a long, long road going up an unspoilt valley … As well as the eclectic herb garden, behind her house she had a small “laboratory” where she made tinctures and medicines, which I’m sure were efficacious. I wonder what the locals would have made of this; would they have thought of her as a witch, albeit a glamourous and young one? The situation was classic.’

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