The Walk to Elsie’s at Robinson Gardens
Hutton Wilkinson and Flynn Kuhnert have collaborated to create a most intriguing two-volume historical fiction luxury book set: The Walk to Elsie’s and The Walk From Elsie’s, which tell the story of the first ten years of Tony Duquette’s career and the last ten years of Elsie De Wolfe’s life. Tony Duquette beautifully illustrates the books with his never before published drawings from the period. Robinson Gardens is honored to have both Hutton and Flynn speak about their masterful literary work on Tony Duquette and Elsie De Wolfe Friday, October 28th in the Pool Pavilion at the Virginia Robinson Gardens.
The story spans the years 1941 to 1951, taking you on a rip roaring romp between Europe and America with the likes of Billy Haines, Vincente Minnelli, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Diana and Duff Cooper, Princess Aspasia, Cole Porter and so many other stars of that era.
“THE PERFECT LITERARY GIFT: THE WALK TO ELSIE’S A gilded work of historical fiction and covetable coffee table eye candy.” –HARPER’S BAZAAR, December 2015
“GALLIVANTING WITH GREATNESS Design legends Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette’s travelogues have been brought to gilt-edged life in The Walk To Elsie’s, a limited-edition set of historical fiction by Hutton Wilkinson and Flynn Kuhnert – essential for the original Duquette illustrations alone. –VERANDA, January 2016
About the Authors:
Hutton Wilkinson is a co-author of Tony Duquette and author of More is More, as well as Tony Duquette*Hutton Wilkinson: Jewelry. He is Creative Director and CEO of Tony Duquette, Inc., where he presides over the important jewelry and interior design house begun by Tony Duquette in 1941. Mr. Wilkinson is also president of the Anthony and Elizabeth Duquette Foundation for the Living Arts, and the president of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, as well as having served as a director of the international board of Save Venice, Inc. for 25 years. Recently Hutton Wilkinson was recognized by His Majesty, King Juan Carlos of Spain as the hereditary Fourth Count of Alastaya. Hutton and his wife Ruth live in Beverly Hills, California.
Flynn Kuhnert has taught 19th & 20th century dramatic literature at Harvard College and served as a Visiting Professor at Duke. He has directed & designed 35 theatre & opera productions in America and the Netherlands, as well as having served on the international board of directors of Save Venice, Inc. for almost a decade. In 2013, he created & presented The Kuhnert Chronicles for the Ovation Television Network: analyzing art, architecture, theatre and literature. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Happy Traveler.co, exploring art and cultural happenings in cities across the globe. Born in Los Angeles, Flynn has lived in Paris and London. He is a graduate of the University of California, Northwestern University and Harvard University s ART Institute. He lives in Bel Air, California.