The Portrait

Allela Cornell, "Portrait of Patricia Highsmith" 1943


“Allela and Pat attended art 
classes together, and Highsmith 
often sat for her new lover.”
—Andrew Wilson, Beautiful Shadow:  
A Life of Patricia Highsmith

The large oil portrait of Highsmith—
dressed in a red jacket, white blouse

With its large, haunted owl-like eyes—
her complexion tinged with green

Later was always there on the wall—
wherever Highsmith chose to live

Pat loved the portrait perhaps—
because of something evil 

Something evil in the face—
just come back from the grave

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