Large original photograph showing Robert de Flers dressed as a Masquerade.
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED :
"To Marcel Proust, very affectionately. R. de Flers".
Robert de Flers was Proust's classmate at the French School. The two friends had a youthful affair, a year before Proust met Reynaldo Hahn, and Robert de Flers went on to marry Victorien Sardou's daughter, Geneviève, and became one of the most prominent playwrights.
This photograph, from Marcel Proust's family album, was exhibited twice at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. (L’Écriture et les Arts, n° 183).
UNIQUE DOCUMENT FROM THE PROUST ARCHIVES.
135 x 210 mm albumen print against 150 x 245 mm cardboard.