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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December 01


On this day in 1924 James Arthur Baldwin was born. He was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions.
In 1910 Dame Alicia Markova was born. She was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the twentieth century.

BALDWIN (James Arthur, 1924-1987, American Writer and Poet)
Fine unsigned photo by Mark GERSON signed and inscribed in pencil by the photographer, showing him full length seated on some steps outside with a book by Margaret Mead beside him, 9½” x 7½” in frame 15” x 12”, London, 1972

MARKOVA (Dame Alicia, b. 1910, Ballerina) & Juliet PANNETT (1911-2005, Portrait Painter, FRSA)
Charcoal Portrait of Markova by Pannett signed by the sitter and the artist and dated by the sitter, showing her head and shoulders in profile, 14½” x 11”, in frame 21” x 16”, no place, 1958

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