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Post #808477 by Phillip Roberts on Wed, Mar 22, 2023 10:57 AM

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Ooh… this DID NOT appear in Vanity Fair… Sold for $312.50


A HILARY KNIGHT WATERCOLOR OF "HORACE HENDERSON IN THE CONGO ROOM." An unpublished two-color drawing for Vanity Fair, pencil, red watercolor and wash, 320 x 260 mm.

A nostalgic glimpse of the Alamac Hotel's Art Deco rooftop restaurant designed by Winold Reiss (1886-1953) that opened in 1923 and closed in 1932. Legendary chanteuse, Josephine Baker, can be seen performing for the great African American jazz musician, Henderson. Intended for an unpublished article on lost café society that Hilary Knight proposed to the magazine as a visual "history of various fantastic places that don't exist anymore." Instead, Vanity Fair just used photographs of his friends Hildegarde and Julie Wilson, cabaret singers of the period.


[ Edited by Phillip Roberts on 2023-03-24 15:12:17 ]