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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July 05


On this day in 1889 Jean Cocteau was born. He was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and his many films. His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Pablo Picasso,, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, Édith Piaf and Colette. In 1810 Phineas Taylor Barnum was born. He was an American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

FOR WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY COCTEAU (Jean, 1889-1963, French Poet, Playwright and Film Director) Superb photo by Manuel Freres, Paris, signed and inscribed “Jean Cocteau Salue à l’Université de Washington” with a five pointed star, 11” x 8” in mount 14½” x 10½”, no place, no date, c. 1925 28534

BARNUM (Phineas T., 1810-1891, American Showman, Founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus) Autograph instruction signed addressed to the “American Museum Admit Mr Tupper & friends at all times”, 4” x 4”, no place, 3rd October no year, 1870 38350

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