John Cornford; Ray Peters

1 portrait of John Cornford

John Cornford; Ray Peters, by Ramsey & Muspratt, 1934 - NPG P363(7) - © Peter Lofts Photography / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Peter Lofts Photography / National Portrait Gallery, London

John Cornford; Ray Peters

by Ramsey & Muspratt
bromide print, 1934
11 in. x 13 1/2 in. (280 mm x 341 mm)
Given by Jane Burch, 1988
Primary Collection
NPG P363(7)


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Lettice Ramsey, who had met the couple at a party was taken by the pair's exotic good looks and convinced them to pose for this double portrait. Entitled 'The Islanders', it was exhibited shortly after.

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Adam Cornford

07 May 2016, 22:46

I am John Cornford's nephew, and in my family photo collection there is a partial print of "The Islanders" with Ray cut out of the image so that it shows only John. Can you tell me whether there exists a complete negative of this photo, and if so who has it?

Also, is Peters Ray's maiden name, or her subsequent married name?

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