1927 Postcard Empress Eugenie From Sir Charles Raymond To Gretchen Osgood Warren
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1927 Postcard Empress Eugenie From Sir Charles Raymond To Gretchen Osgood Warren:
1927 Gravure Postcard of Empress Eugenie sent From Historian Sir Charles Raymond Beazley to Actress & Poet Gretchen Osgood Warren
Vintage gravure postcard featuring a portrait of Empress Eugenie of France represented in the painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (Musée d’Orsay). Published by F. David, 21, rue des Reservoirs, Versailles. Nice condition with light aging and used postally with rubbing/bumping at edges/corners.
The significance of this postcard is that it was sent by British historian Sir Charles Raymond Beazley (1868-1955) to Gretchen Osgood Warren (1861-1964), actress, poet and singer.
It is most likely that Beazley and Warren found connections through Boston philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner with correspondence to her from both as represented in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum archives.
From The British National Archives:
(Charles) Raymond Beazley (1868-1955) was Professor of History at the University of Birmingham from 1909-1933.
He was educated at St Paul's School, King's College, London and Balliol College, Oxford and obtained a first class in History in 1889. He was awarded his BA in 1890, MA in 1893 and DLitt. 1908. He was Prize Fellow of Merton College from 1889 until 1896 and then Research Fellow from 1897 until his appointment at the University of Birmingham. During the First World War he lectured soldiers in France for the Young Men's Christian Association. He gave a total of 20 lectures in 1918 and, with hostilities over, followed this in 1919 with a series of lectures to French universities as a member of University Delegations to France. He also went on lecturing visits to Germany, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934 and in 1937 and lectured at a number of American universities. He was awarded a knighthood in 1931
His published extensively and his works include James of Aragon (1890); Henry the Navigator (1895); Dawn of Modern Geography (Vols. 1-3, 1897-1906 for which he was awarded the Gill Memorial of Royal Geographical Society in 1907); John and Sebastian Cabot (1898); Nineteenth Century Europe (1922); The Road to Ruin in Europe (1932); and Beauty of the North Cotswolds (1946).
Wikipedia notes Gretchen Osgood Warren:
Gretchen Osgood Warrenwas an American actress, singer and poet. She was the wife ofFiske Warren. She could sing perfectly in pitch, write like an adult and recite poetry on command.Her upbringing in the affluent Environment that was turn of the centuryBeacon Hill, Boston, Massachusettsallowed her to pursue music and drama to an extremely high level. Just down the street from the Osgood home was theBoston Athenaeum, where a long line of Osgoods, namelyFrances Sargent OsgoodandSamuel Stillman Osgood, are all listed on the "Register of the Proprietors" for the institution. Gretchen went on to study atOxfordand graduated with honors.
John Singer Sargent, the famed portraitist ofBoston's elite, was commissioned by Warren's husband,Fiske Warrento paint her portrait in April 1903.The sitting was done inFenway Court, then the home of legendaryBostonfine arts czar;Isabella Stewart Gardner. Warren is seen seated in a chair with her daughter, Rachel Warren. The painting is often considered to be one ofSargent'sprime portraits and usually appears in Sargent Estate calendars and postcards.Later she was also photographed by portrait photographerArnold Genthe.
She died at her home in Boston in 1961.
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