CUNARD, Nancy. [Nancy and Henry CROWDER (1890-1955)] – A collection of photographs and correspondence comprising: three photographs of Nancy by Cecil Beaton, c.1930 (94 x 70 to 155 x 95mm), one by Barbara Ker-Seymer, 1931 (163 x 110mm), and three further photographs; two photographs of Henry Crowder – one inscribed by him ‘Lovingly “Henry”’ – with a further two of Nancy and Henry together (80 x 52 to 204 x 150mm); eleven autograph letters and three postcards signed (‘H’ or ‘”Henry”’) and two telegrams from Crowder to Cunard, Italy, France, England and America, c.24 September 1928 – 29 October 1954, the early examples full of professions of love and longing – in the aftermath of a frosty evening, Crowder stresses ‘you know Nancy you have made my present existence a dream’, writing elsewhere ‘I love you as I have never loved anyone’ – and the last examples containing reminiscences, with 5 related envelopes; with an inscribed copy of Cunard’s pamphlet Black Man and White Ladyship, 1931, signed and dated 31 August 1964. Laid into a luxurious and dramatic album by P.L. Martin, two related letters to Hobson regarding the commission.
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