The Famous Astaires by Nerman
Caricature of brother and sister dance act, Fred and Adele Astaire by Nerman during the time of their successful run in Stop Flirting at various London theatres during the mid 1920s. Adele retired from dancing in 1932 when she married Lord Charles Cavendish, second son of the 9th Duke of Devonshire, while Fred carried on towards Hollywood stardom with his new dance partner, Ginger Rogers.
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Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg with family
Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg (1884-1966), fourth and youngest daughter of Prince Alfred of Edinburgh and his wife, Maria Alexandrovna (later Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg), shown here with her husband, Alfonso, 5th Duke of Galliera (1886-1935) and her three sons, from left, Alonso (1912-1936), Ataulfo (1913-1974) and Alvaro, 6th Duke of Galliera (1910-1997). Known as 'Baby Bea' in the family, she married King Alfonso XIII's cousin but refused to convert to Catholicism. Alfonso was compelled to take away his cousin's army commission and titles. After spending time at homes in Coburg and Switzerland, the couple returned to Spain in 1912 where Beatrice aggravated tensions between Alfonso and his wife Queen Ena (Beatrice's cousin), openly flirting with the king and allegedly procuring mistresses for him. Eventually, she was ordered to leave Spain once more, although she did return, bravely remaining behind in 1931 after the proclamation of the Spanish Second Republic, to look after the King's elderly aunt.
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A Small Objective by Harold Earnshaw, WW1 cartoon
Cartoon on the front cover of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News by Harold Earnshaw, showing a number of Army and Navy officers vying for the attention of a pretty young woman. Earnshaw was a successful artist who joined the Artists' Rifles at the outbreak of war. He was a Lance-Corporal with the Sussex Regiment when his right arm was blown off on the Somme in February 1916. He taught himself to draw with his left and continued to work for magazines such as The Bystander and the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News in which this picture was published. Despite making such a remarkable recovery he died prematurely in 1937 at the age of just 52. Date: 1918
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