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ALEXANDER-III-40641-1.jpg THE ROMANOFF FAMILY IN 1892
[ALEXANDER III (1845-1894, Emperor of Russia from 1881) & his wife MARIE FEODOROVNA (Princess Marie Dagmar, 1847-1928, sister of Queen Alexandra of Britain) with their children and relatives]

Extraordinary group photo by de Jongh Frères of Paris showing twenty five members of the Romanoff family standing and seated together, the image shows the Emperor and Empress with daughters Grand Duchess XENIA (1875-1960), Grand Duchess OLGA (1882-1950) and their sons NICHOLAS II (1868-1918) and Grand Duke MICHAEL ALEXANDROVITCH (1878-1918), together with GRAND DUKES MICHAEL NICHOLIEVITCH (1832-1909), PAUL ALEXANDROVITCH (1860-1919), CONSTANTIN CONSTANTINOVITCH (1858-1915), SERGE MIKHAILOVITCH (1869-1918), NICHOLAS NICOLAIEVITCH (1856-1929), VLADIMIR ALEXANDROVITCH (1847-1909), DIMITRI CONSTANTINOVITCH (1860-1919), ALEXIS MICHAELOVITCH (1875-1895), ANDRÈ VLADIMIROVITCH (1879-1956) and BORIS VLADIMIROVITCH (1877-1943) with GRAND DUCHESSES MARIE PAVLOVNA (1854-1920), HÉLÈNE VLADIMIROVITCH (1882-1957) and ALEXANDRA JOSSSIFORNA (1830-1911), with DUKES MICHAEL GREGORIVITCH de Mecklenburg Strèlitz (1863-1934), GEORGES GREGORIVITCH de Mecklenburg (1859-1909) and ALEXANDER D'OLDENBURG (1844-1932) together with PRINCES PETER D'OLDENBURG (1868-1924) & GEORGE ROMANOVSKY (1852-1912) and OLGA (1851-1926, Queen of Greece who later married Prince Peter D'Oldenburg), the men are standing at the back with the women seated with the Emperor and the children are seated cross legged on the ground at the front, 9" x 7" in original mount 13½" x 11", Tsarskoe Selo,

Item Date:  1892
Stock No:  40641      £2750

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ALEXANDER-OF-TUNIS-40673-1.jpg ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING BY ALEXANDER OF TUNIS, A GIFT TO AVA WAVERLEY
ALEXANDER OF TUNIS (Harold Rupert, 1st Earl, 1891-1969, Supreme Allied Commander, Governor General of Canada)

Fine pair of Autograph Letters Signed ('Alex') to Ava, Lady Waverley, (1896-1974, wife of Sir John Anderson, Viscount Waverley), the first thanking her for a "delightful evening on the Thames in your sumptuous yacht. It was not only delightful but a great experience, as I have never gone down the River before. How extraordinary, and I have lived for many years in London on and off and it would have been as easy in a penny steamer - but not so enjoyable as your party. I was greatly shocked to hear that you had made such an expensive bid for my picture - I hope you don't get it. It's not worth the offer you made - and besides I will paint you something much better for love not money! It is too kind of you to ask us to dine for the Haddington dance, but I'm afraid we can't make it. I dine that night at the Canada Club ... We both thank you and John so much ...", the second letter refuses and invitation, saying that he is "now completely booked up that week, but I am grateful for your invitation ... I'm so pleased you got out of a nasty hold over that picture - but you know you are lucky not to have lost your money. Now I can paint you a picture for the other thing ...", each 2 sides 8vo., Nightingales, Chalfont St Giles headed paper, with one autograph envelope signed and stamped, 26th June and 9th July 1951, together with the oil painting that he gave them, inscribed on the verso "The Volturno River near Concita - Italy Sept 1945, Alexander",oil on board, 12" x 9", Italy, 1945, together with a copy of Edward Seago's bookThe Paintings of Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis, inscribed "For Alastair, for birthday & Easter 1973, from Ava", oblong 4to, published by Collins in 1973

Item Date:  0
Stock No:  40673      £1275

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BABBAGE-40648-1.jpg BABBAGE WRITES ABOUT HIS FATHER'S DEATH
BABBAGE (Charles, 1792-1871, Mathematician & Inventor, the "Father of the Computer")

Fine Autograph Letter signed to "Dear Cousin", the Rev. T. W. WINDEATT, (Thomas White, 1769-1827, Poet and Pastor) saying that "The gradually increasing infirmities of my father will have prepared you to expect his death which took place on Tuesday last at nine o'clock. My mother has been unable to write until my arrival. Will you have the kindness to inform any branches of the family residing at Totnes. It is not yet arranged on what day the funeral will take place but probably at the commencement of the ensuing week. With kindest regards to your mother and all her family ...", 1 side 4to., with conjugate autograph address leaf, Teignmouth, 8th February

Item Date:  1827
Stock No:  40648      £2250

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BATTEN (Jean, 1909-1982, Early Aviatrix who broke Amy JOHNSON's record for the flight from England to Australia, and Writer)

Very Fine Photo Signed and dated showing her head and shoulders wearing her flying hat and goggles, 8½" x 6½", Estonia,

Item Date:  1939
Stock No:  40663      £275

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BEATON (Sir Cecil, 1904-1980, Photographer & Designer)

Testy Autograph Letter signed "Cecil" to Philip DOSSE (died 2018, Publisher of 'Books and Bookmen') saying that he "would be appalled to have that little __ write the review of my Diaries. He wrote a biased stinking review in Chicago when I was there of the last vol and this one contains v unflattering things about his loathsome father so I know he'd do his damnedest. Please get it back from him & let me be reassured of this. Thanking you for the help ...", 2 sides 8vo., 8 Pelham Place, SW7, no date

Item Date:  1963
Stock No:  40652      £125

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