Yesterday evening M. Marcel Proust gave a very select but highly elegant tea-party, to which only a score of people had been invited.
Seen there were: Comtesse Aimery de la Rochefoucauld, Duc and Duchesse de Guiche, Comtesse d'Haussonville, Duchesse de Gramont, Comte and Comtesse de Ludre, Mme Madeleine Lemaire, Marquis and Marquise d'Albufera, Princesse de Chimay, Comte and Comtesse Adhéaume de Chevigné, etc.
After the tea-party, which was not followed by a reception, M. Marcel Proust's guests had the pleasure of hearing M. Reynaldo Hahn who sang some of his exquisite melodies at the piano.
Article appeared in Le Figaro, 7 March 1905.
This report may have been written
by Marcel Proust. According to George Painter: "When the
guests were gone and the candles out [...] Proust wrote the
report of his party for the next day's Figaro, choking
in a fit of asthma [...] Proust returned from the Figaro
office after midnight ..." This is not mentioned in any of
the other biographies I have seen. Does it really matter?
A very select tea-party yesterday, but of a rare elegance at the home of M. Marcel Proust, that brought together:
Duchesse de Gramont, Comtesse Aimery de la Rochefoucauld, Comtesse d'Haussonville, Marquis and Marquise d'Albufera, Comte and Comtesse de Ludre, Princesse de Chimay, Comte and Comtesse Adhéaume de Chevigné, Madame G. Legrande, Comtesse de Briey, MM Verdé Delisle, du Breuil de Saint-German, de Boislisle, Comte Gabriel de La Rochefoucauld, Comte Alexandre de Gabriac, Comte Louis de Lasteyrie, Comte Henri de Ségur, Théodore de Berckheim, Prince Léon Ratziwill, etc.
Article appeared in Le Gaulois, 7 March 1905, unsigned.
A very elegant tea-party, Monday, at the home of M. Marcel Proust, at his apartment in the rue de Courcelles. They had the great pleasure of hearing the Comtesse de Guerne and M. Reynaldo Hahn. Seen in the company: the Duchesse de Gramont, Princesse de Brancovan, Princesse de Chimay, Duc and Duchesse de Guiche, Marquis and Marquise d'Albufera, Comte and Comtesse de Chevigné, Comtesse de Briey, Comte and Comtesse de Ludre, Comtesse de la Rochefoucauld, Mme Alphonse Daudet, Mme Madeleine Lemaire, Comte G. de la Rochefoucauld, Comte F. de Montesquiou, Comte H. de Ségur, M. A. de Fouquières, Baron de Berckheim, Prince L. Ratziwill, etc.
Article appeared in L'Écho de Paris, 8 March 1905, unsigned.
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