Lot #27
Jacqueline Kennedy Group of (5) Original Candid Photographs

Remarkable candids of the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier

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Estimate: $1500+


Remarkable candids of the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier

Amazing collection of five original vintage circa 1945 glossy candid photos, 3.5 x 5.25 and 5.25 x 3.5, portraying the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier during the summer between terms at Miss Porter's School, believed to have been taken at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. Two of the photographs are well-composed portraits of Jacqueline, aptly capturing her radiant beauty; two show her at a tennis court with her younger sister Lee Bouvier; and one shows Jackie, Lee, and their beloved father, John 'Black Jack' Bouvier III, seated at an outdoor table. All are stamped "615" on the reverse. In overall fine condition. The consignor notes that these originate from the personal photo album of J. D. Wooster Lambert, heir to the Listerine mouthwash fortune. Wooster's brother, Gerard Barnes Lambert, was the father of Jacqueline's close friend, Rachel 'Bunny' Lambert Mellon, who would design the modern White House Rose Garden during the Kennedy administration.

These marvelous snapshots wonderfully portray Jackie's entering young womanhood at age 16. Her beauty, as we would come to know the future First Lady, is captured in these candid photos with her sister Lee and their beloved father John ‘Black Jack’ Bouvier III. They look happy and radiant, just five years after their parents’ divorce: although their mother, now remarried as Janet Lee Auchincloss, retained custody of the children, they loved to spend time with their doting and attentive father. Later on, Lee Bouvier Radziwill would recall that ‘growing up was always fun when we would see my father because he was such a joy to be with and we were the focal point of his life and we had so many wonderful times with him’ (see: Barbara A. Perry’s Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier, page 24).

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #539 - Ended November 07, 2018