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CANTACUZENE, PSS
Neg. No: (GL) L 8402a
Neg. Size: 12"x15"
Neg. Date: 09-06-1920

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Sitter: Princess Balasa (Marie Blanche) Cantacuzene ( ).

Biog: Daughter of Roumanian Prince Leon Cantacuzene and sister of Prince Gregoire Lwovitch Cantacuzene, Councellor at the Embassy, London.

"Of course I knew Helene Cantacuzino, married to Constantin Donici. She was a very agreeable person, very cultivated and full of fantasy. She died at 80 in Puciora, a small town not far from Targoviste. She had become a very popular and able teacher of English and French to children and students whom she pulled through their classes up to university.

The local authorities had a great respect for her and she was always provided with ecellent food. I used to come for the weekend in Puciora where she had passed through great difficulties until she started using her knowledge of foreign languages." [Princess Ileana Sturdza]

Date: 9 June 1920.

Occasion: Publicity photograph prior to presentation at Court, 10 June 1920.

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 160 New Bond St., London, W.

Descr: [ck]

Costume: -

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London, W.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 3

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Marquis of Ruvigny, The Titled Nobility of Europe, London, 1914' Princess Ileana Sturdza, private note to John Wimbles

Occasion: The Times, 12 June 1920, p 18e; Eve, 24 June 1920, p 570.

Costume: -

Reproduced: (version) Eve, 24 June 1920, p 570.

Additional Information: -