1956 Duke and Duchess of Windsor: a presentation photograph by Philippe Halsman, the silver gelatine image depicting the couple three-quarter length standing, hand signed in blue biro by both sitters and contained in a good quality frame by Saintyves of Paris, the burgundy leather frame embossed in gilt with crowned monogram, 228 x 176mm overall, frame slightly distressed, together with a two embossed card handwritten in biro note from the Duchess dated May 7th (1957 added in a different hand) commenting on the enclosed 'small photograph' and their preference for avoiding photography at their 'certain or uncertain age' also referring to this as being 'their last attempt in New York in October' (2) Illustrated (commemorative commemorate)
* Philippe Halsman's creative ability behind the lense is well documented. His series of 'jumpolgy' photographs capturing the sitter in mid air were not only stylish, amusing but also ground breaking in their approach. He captured the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in this way and almost certainly at the same sitting as this photograph where the couple, variously depicted in mid air, are dressed identically (save for the removal of the Duchess' oversized buttonhole in all but one photograph) which all share the same backdrop.
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