Advance Japan

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 140

Could this be three-year-old described in the chapter on children, whom Menpes saw smoking? At first, he "put a lighted cigarette between his lips, holding it between two chubby fingers.... As I sketched him he looked composedly at me out of his big eyes, and posed twice without a particle of artificiality — once with the cigarette in his mouth, and again as if he had just taken it from his lips for a moment while he paid attention to me" (148). It is hard to credit the description here! — Jacqueline Banerjee

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