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Signatures of the colorful artistic couple Signatures: "Pierre Troubetzkoy" and "Amélie Troubetzkoy/(Amélie Rives)", 4x2½ card.

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Signatures of the colorful artistic couple
Signatures: "Pierre Troubetzkoy" and "Amélie Troubetzkoy/(Amélie Rives)", 4x2½ card. Author and painter AMÉLIE RIVES CHANLER TROUBETSKOY, 1863-1945, published a steamy novel, The Quick or the Dead? in 1889, and became an overnight sensation with friends like Henry James and Oscar Wilde. That same year she wed Astor heir Archie Chanler, beginning a very stormy 7-year marriage described in a recent dual biography by Donna M. Lucey, Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age (2007). After divorcing the nearly as colorful Chanler, who made a bold escape from the insane asylum to which his family had committed him, Russian-born artist Prince PIERRE TROUBETZKOY (1864-1936), the impoverished scion of an aristocratic Russian family. Troubetzkoy was a society painter specializing in miniatures and figurines, said to be remarkably handsome. His portrait of British Prime Minister William Gladstone is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. He was introduced to Amélie Rives by mutual friend Oscar Wilde. They married in 1896, living together in her family home, Castle Hill, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fine condition.

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