Lot 236
  • 236


300 - 500 GBP
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  • Photographs
  • Photograph of David Niven Jumping Into a Swimming Pool
  • black and white print, 184 x 235mm., inscribed "Fondest Love | Niven" ink on the image along to the lower edge, framed and glazed, some wear to edges of frame]

    [with]: an album containing 15 black and white photographs of Niven with his children, c.1950 (240 x 192mm. and similar), and three photos of a small dog sitting in a Bentley (each 80 x 117mm.), mounted with corner mounts, landscape format album (263 x 365mm.) with black leather effect covers (2) 

Catalogue Note

Niven became, in his words, "a close chum" of Vivien whilst he was filming Wuthering Heights with Larry in 1939. Vivien was godmother to his oldest son, and the album included in this lot contains numerous photos of him with his father and younger brother. 

After Vivien's death, Niven wrote of Vivien: "I’ll never forget her arrangements. Nor her love of Alex Korda. Nor all those cats. Her ridiculous laughter, her fabulous generosity of heart and her guts in adversity" (in Dent, Vivien Leigh: A Bouquet (1969), p.83).