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Sorting through some stunning Lafayette photographs

These are some of the large photographs from what we believe is a unique and outstanding collection of some 300 + portrait photographs, mainly from the 1920’s – 1930’s, thought to be of great historical importance.

The photographs were discovered, stored in their original wooden Lafayette studio wooden crates, and are believed to be the actual studio copies held by The Lafayette studios as a record of their work. The fact that they have been carefully stored for many years, and not displayed, has resulted in the photographs being presented today in outstanding condition.

Very little decent material from the Lafayette studio is available for sale in the market, simply because much of the studio archive is held by the V&A Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery, in London, together with various other institutions around the world.

Lafayette original large Studio PHOTO 1940’s Commander F A Lister Royal Navy. Actual photo measurement, not including any mount or margin is 12.75″ high x 8.75″ wide approx. Hand signed LAFAYETTE and dated 1940 in pencil in the margin, and bears hand written ‘ specimen ‘ and a Lafayette reference number to the reverse, together with the name in pencil too.  Lister entered the Navy in 1916. He qualified in engineering as a lieutenant in 1924, was Commander (E) on the Newcastle, 1943 to 1945, and served in the Engineer-in-Chief’s department, 1946 to 1949. Lister had become Captain (E) in 1946 and in 1950 joined the Mechanical Training and Repair Establishment at Portsmouth where he remained until his retirement in 1953.

Mrs H C Gray RAF WAAF in RAF uniform. Actual photo measurement, not including any mount or margin is 12.5″ high x 8.75″ wide approx. Hand signed LAFAYETTE in pencil in the margin, and bears hand written name as above, ‘specimen’ and a Lafayette reference number to the reverse. Condition is excellent.

PHOTOGRAPGH 1939 Military ? D Kemble Esq. Marked MUST NOT BE EXHIBITED on the reverse. Actual photo measurement, not including any mount or margin is 15″ high x 11.25″ wide approx. Hand signed LAFAYETTE in pencil in the margin, and bears hand written Lafayette reference number to the reverse.  Mr Kemble was a Major and company commander in the Scots Guards awarded a Military Cross; he was later killed in action as F Company’s commanding officer by a German Spandau machine gun while personally leading his men in a charge against a German position in 1945.