Among the nymphs, with their fixed gaze and dowdily coiffed hair, can be seen the last avatar of Mme. Récamier…
Brookner, Jacques-Louis David, Ch. 13, 'Exile'
|David, Mars disarmed by Venus|
So in her novels, Brookner would present us with later versions of earlier characters. Emma Roberts is Claire Pitt; Paul Sturgis is George Bland. And Julius Herz? 'He's me, really. You were longing to say that, weren't you? And I thought I was making him up.' (2002 interview)
See also The Brookner Room.