It’s getting to the time of year when I try to tie up loose ends, and there’s one minor thing which has been puzzling me for some time.
Back in May I ran some photographs of dancer Sebastian Droste and actress Rosalinde Fuller taken by Francis Bruguière in his signature multiple-exposure style. They were shot in New York in 1925, “stills” from a movie which was never actually made entitled The Way, Droste’s failed attempt to interest American film producers in his wares.
Now one of the photos I was going to run I pulled at the last minute, because while it was labelled as Rosalinde Fuller and Sebastian Droste (description here), the man in the image was manifestly not Droste. But who? Like Droste he’s clearly not shy of the compact, and in fact he has something of the young Cecil Beaton, who would have been 21 at the time. However the record suggests Beaton first visited New York three years later.
Any ideas who our painted laddy might be? (I’m glancing meaningfully in the Thombeau/butterscotchclouds direction…)