Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
The photographs are presented with the catalogue descriptions.

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June 25


On this day in 1860 – Gustave Charpentier was born. He was the son of a baker, but with the assistance of a rich benefactor he studied violin at the conservatoire in Lille before entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1881. In 1887 he won the Prix de Rome.

In 1977 Olave Baden Powell died at the age of 88. When she married Robert in 1912 The Scouts and Guides of England each donated a penny to buy the Baden-Powells a wedding gift of a car (that this was not the Rolls-Royce known as "Jam-Roll" that was presented to them in 1929). CHARPENTIER (Gustave, 1860-1956, French Operatic Composer) Photograph with extremely faded signature and inscription “bien sympathiquement”, to Charles Chincholles (1845-1902, journalist, novelist, dramatist and popular historian), showing the composer half length with a gentle smile and an enormous bow tie, 6” x 4”, no date, circa 1895, 33179

BADEN-POWELL (Lady Olave, 1889-1977, World Chief Guide, Chief Commissioner for the Girl Guides, wife of Sir Robert) Excellent Typed Letter Signed signed to Mrs Dickson mared “Private and Confidential” ... thanking her for having her niece “a stranger ... to stay with you this month, and for these weeks whilst she has to be in Edinburgh. It is just MOST comforting to feel that she will be in kindly sympathetic hands ... during what is bound to be a trying time. I am so fond of her ...” and asking her for “another ‘good turn’. ... to have FLOWERS which mean kind thoughts from friends ...” and so she is sending a cheque with the request that she could “ask a florist to send along a little bunch ... and then perhaps after a few days a few more fresh ones ... May I just leave this in your hands as I am just flying off (literally) tomorrow to Switzerland ... I shall hear no doubt in due course how the operation goes off, from my daughter ... I do hope that her hearing will be restored ...”, 2 sides 4to., Hampton Court Palace, East Molesley, 2nd November 1945 38485

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