Jackie Kennedy as Peeping Tom
This remarkable lot is comprised of a 1p ALS by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-1994) describing the vintage black and white photograph that accompanies it, depicting the teenaged Jacqueline dressed as Peeping Tom in an equestrian pageant. Expected wear, else near fine.
The undated letter inscribed overall and signed by Jackie Kennedy as "XO Jackie" at lower right is on pale blue stationery paper with her "1040 Fifth Avenue" address embossed in white along the letterhead. With a few extra wrinkles, else near fine. 5.75" x 7.75". Jackie was famous for her signature blue writing papers, cards, and envelopes. Smythson of Bond Street called Jackie's customized ink "Nile Blue."
Jackie wrote her old best childhood friend Rosamund Lee in part: "These [the photos] came my way and I got copies for you - Do you remember when we were Lady Godiva + Peeping Tom - ?"
The photograph shows a teenaged Jacqueline Lee Bouvier as Peeping Tom, who purportedly spied on Lady Godiva in the British medieval tale. Jackie holds a homemade window frame in front of her, and is seated on a smaller dark horse. "Rozzie," draped in a full-body blond wig and seated astride a white horse, faces her. The 6.875" x 4.75" semi-glossy photograph originally taken by equestrian show photographer Ted Freudy (1916-2005) is stamped "Freudy Photos / 45 West 57 Street / New York, N.Y. 10018 / (212) PL 3-9681" verso. Minor wrinkle in the upper right corner, else near fine.
Rosamund Lee and Jackie Bouvier were of a similar age and shared a Long Island lineage of extended family connections. Jackie's stepfather Hugh D. Auchincloss's cousin Charles C. Auchincloss was Rozzie's maternal grandfather; thus Hugh was Rozzie's first cousin twice removed. (Rosamund was the daughter of Rosamund Plowden-Wardlow and James Burton Lee, Jr., who married in 1929.) This branch of the wealthy Auchincloss family summered at "Builtover," their estate in Roslyn, Long Island, approximately 70 miles to the east of Jackie's birthplace, Southampton, Long Island.
Jacqueline Bouvier was an accomplished horsewoman, like her prizewinning mother Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss (1907-1989). Jackie had already won several national championships by age 12. She recalled her family's horses fondly as both competitors and adored pets.
Ted Freudy was a well-known New York high-society photographer. His obituary, printed in the May 19, 2005 issue of the Chronicle of the Horse, stated: "Horse show photographer Ted Freudy, a fixture at many of the top horse shows in the United States for more than 30 years, died on Jan. 20. He was 88. As one of New York’s top society photographers and the owner of Freudy Photos, he covered not only horse shows, foxhunts and polo matches, but also weddings, cotillions and debutant parties. His clients–from states and cities like New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Southern Pines, N.C., and Aiken, S.C.–were among the country’s most prominent sportsmen, business leaders and government leaders. Mr. Freudy photographed the Fords, the du Ponts, the Paleys and the Rockefellers. Three of his photographs appear in the recently published book The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Portrait of A Rider…"
Jackie Kennedy had moved to Manhattan's Upper East Side about a year after her husband's assassination. She lived on the 15th floor of a high-rise luxury apartment building at 1040 Fifth Avenue in a palatial 5-bedroom apartment designed by Rosario Candela. The apartment featured a conservatory, library, terrace, wine room, and staff offices, and offered views of Central Park.
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