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PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE OF ALFREDO QUAGLINO Born in 1894 at Torino, the journalist and photographer, Alfredo André Cesar Quaglino, spent the greater part of his adult life reporting and photographing social life on the Riviera. He married, shortly before he died, Frances Rachel Bailey, daughter of Lady Gwendolyn Clarendon-Hyde and Major Francis Bailey. He had first met her when both worked for the resistance during the war. He died at Pollone in 1972.Quaglino clearly saw much of the artists and writers such as Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Cocteau and others associated with Saint Paul de Vence, the Villa Sospino and the Fondation Maeght. In particular, there are a number of charming photographs of Picasso with members of his family. But the archive is also rich in material on the stars of stage and screen such as Rita Hayworth, Bardot, Chaplin, Orson Welles, Allan Ladd, Myrna Loy, Erroll Flynn, Norma Shearer and Sophia Loren. Laurel and Hardy share a large flask of chianti and the label from the bottle is attached to the verso of the photograph. The very grand and very old are also there, such as the Aga Khan, Churchill, and Somerset Maugham. A youthful Shah of Persia takes the plunge and others frolic on the beach or lidos. In what must have been wonderfully privileged photographs, a youthful Grace Kelly marries her prince in the Cathedral and at the civil ceremony.While a number of these photographs are likely to have featured in publications of the period, by far the greater number will not have been published. The archive, which is contained in a number of folders and envelopes, amounts to several hundred items, and offers a wonderful pictorial history of society life on the Riviera between and after the second world war.Note: A comprehensive listing is available.

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