I Was Sylvette (Regular Edition)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)



New Book – ‘I WAS SYLVETTE’ – Lydia Corbett’s life story by her daughter Isabel Coulton

For a few months in 1954 a beautiful young girl crossed the path of the century’s greatest artist, Picasso. What followed turned into a magical episode, a wonderful stroke of good fortune, as she became the subject of his Sylvette series, over 60 portraits, drawings and sculptures, and incidentally perhaps the major source for the long-skirted, pony-tailed ‘Look of the Fifties’.

  • Hard back with jacket colour and black and white photos
  • 25cm square
  • Printed on 150gsm matt coated paper
  • Jacketed
  • Large format
  • 224 pages

See: Press-release.

Chapter Samples:

Click one of the links below for chapter examples taken direct from “I Was Sylvette”.

Chapter 1  |  Chapter 2  |  Chapter 3


2 reviews for I Was Sylvette (Regular Edition)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Well written,beautifully illustrated and moving account of a wild, natural childhood during the last war.The description of her meeting with Picasso isn’t bad either! Would highly recommend it as an exciting piece of non-fiction.

    • Isabel

      Thank you David, very kind of you to say so

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Phillips

    “The Girl with Pony Tail”, is enchanting. Lydia’s Corbett’s art work is truly wonderful.
    I enjoyed this book so much having bought signed copy, bought second copy for my friend, Mavis Nicholson. She once interviewed Elizabeth Taylor and many more famous celebrities. I left short review on Amazon.
    It’s such an amazing book, and any artist’s dream, one that I will always cherish that would also make a perfect gift, which is why I have now purchased two copies. It is so colourful and inspiring story about a remarkable young lady who was asked to pose for Pablo Picasso, and grew up to be a great artist in her own right; this is a true story that would no doubt make a brilliant film.
    Truly it’s a fantastic story and beautifully written. I first discovered Lydia Corbett at Qube Art Gallery at my home town of Oswestry in the county of Shropshire. There was video playing and her art works on display some of which were for sale one of them I purchased bargain price, mother and child on driftwood that I still have. Like many others I am sure I too was captivated by this enchanting story of “girl with a ponytail” the book is so descriptive that it is filmic, and so full of adventure with brilliant illustrations, paintings and pictures.
    I wondered might Picasso have had intuition that Sylvette and her boyfriend Toby, lost the money he paid them for the chair (on their way home on their scooter) so he bought another chair made by Toby to help them financially or maybe he just liked the design that he couldn’t resist. I would love to come to the event at MALL GALLERIES • THE MALL • LONDON SW1 2BN IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ARTIST, ADRIAN HILL FINE ART AND DELAMORE ARTS And enjoy the Private View of the exhibition of paintings, sculpture and ceramics by Lydia Corbett – SYLVETTE PICASSO’S MUSE incorporating the artist’s personally curated space LOVE, PEACE & HOPE Monday 1 October 2018 from 6pm-9pm THE EXHIBITION CONTINUES Tuesday 2 October – Sunday 7 October 10am-5pm daily*, would be sure to learn more. I must pray about it. Be so wonderful to be there.

    • Isabel

      Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to have missed this, you would have been most welcome of course. I am Isabel Lydia’s daughter and am not great at using her web site…I hope you came anyway? We are uploading a film of it soon.
      My great apologies for missing this, I’m not sure why the site didn’t forward your comment to me as it should.

      Kindest regards


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