LIAISON

[Count d'Orsay, French painter and dandy, who had a celebrated liaison with the Countess of Blessington.] Autograph Signature (‘Alf Cte. d’Orsay’) with seal in red wax.

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Count d'Orsay [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay] (1801-1852), French painter and dandy, who had a celebrated liaison with Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849)
D'Orsai
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No date or place.
£56.00
D'Orsai

See his entry (for some unaccountable reason, being a Frenchman) in the Oxford DNB, as that of his amante the Countess of Blessington. The liaison between the two was notorious and much celebrated. Evidently given in response to a request for an autograph, and presented with an eye for the visual impact, with no additional text. Good firm bold ebullient signature, ‘Alf Cte. d’Orsay’, with double flourish, betneath seal in red wax. On 11 x 15 cm piece of paper. In good condition, but laid down on a second piece of paper, with some ruckling.

[ Count Alfred D'Orsay, French dandy and artist, linked to the Countess of Blessington, ] Autograph Signature ('Cte. d'Orsay'), with black wax seal, on part of letter.

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Count Alfred D'Orsay [ Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Grimod d'Orsay, comte d'Orsay ] (1801-1852), French painter and dandy, linked with Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849)
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Without place or date.
£25.00

On one side of strip of paper, roughly 4 x 12 cm, torn from the foot of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged, with small square of glue staining to one corner (not affecting text). There is a small seal in black wax in the left-hand corner, to the left of the signature, but it bears no clear impression. Reads: ' as he was first Page of the Countess of Blessington | Cte. d'Orsay'.

[ Les Français de Grande-Bretagne (Franco-British Liaison Committee), Second World War Free French organisation. ] Membership card of 'Sympathiser-Member' William R. Guillet, signed by him and by T. J. Guérille, President.

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Les Français de Grande-Bretagne (Franco-British Liaison Committee), Second World War Free French organisation [ William R. Guillet; T. J. Guérille ]
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Les Français de Grande-Bretagne (Franco-British Liaison Committee), Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, London. 4 November 1941.
£120.00

On both sides of a 7.5 x 12 cm card, with curved corners. A frail survival, heavily aged and worn. The text on the recto is printed in black, with the organisation's logo to the left in blue and red. The recto also has a large red 'S' superimposed at centre, and carries the two signatures, that of Guérille certifying that Guillet has been 'enrolled as a Sympathiser-Member'. Printed on the reverse are the 'Aims of the Association': 'To continue the war at the side of the British Government and of our Allies. | To co-operate with General de Gaulle's Free French Forces.

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