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Signed Letter from Princess Paul Troubetzkoy Russian Sculptor 1934

£145.00

Fine letter signed by Princess Marie Troubetzkoy (1898-1948), wife of the artist and sculptor Prince Paolo Petrovich Troubetzkoy (1866-1938), who was described by G.B. Shaw as "the most astonishing sculptor of modern times". The letter is written to Miss Cond who has requested her autograph to add to her collection. The letter is written on stationery embossed with a princely crown for Berkeley Square in London, dated 9th Novemeber 1934.

"Dear Miss Cond,

I am delighted to send ou my autograph. I hope that you will be very successful with your collection.

Sincerely yours,

Marie: Princess Paul Troubetzkoy"

She was born Rhoda Muriel Beddam in Suffolk in 1898, the daughter of a retired Indian Army officer and his much younger wife. She first married James G.H. Somervell in 1917, but this seems not to have lasted. James, whose father owned and then lost, through  bankruptcy,  Sorn Castle in Ayrshire, spent much of the 1920’s travelling to places like Ceylon and Argentina as a Political Agent. His address throughout the period was given as the Carlton Club.

Like many other young divorcees, Rhoda, now apparently calling herself “Marie”, tried her luck on the stage. Using the stage name Gay Desmond, she was a chorine  in Andre Charlot’s revues at the Alhambra.

In 1931, Rhoda married the elderly Russian sculptor, Prince Paul Troubetzkoy.  She also wrote a number of novels, including The Clock Strikes (1934) and A Spider Spinning (1936). The Prince died in 1938 and Marie spent her time between a Park Lane flat and a residence at Iver, near Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. She died from a fall in her garden.

Size: 19 x 14 cm approx

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