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Peter Alexander Selerie
by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios5 x 4 inch film negative, 10 June 1963NPG x191645
by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios5 x 4 inch film negative, 10 June 1963NPG x191646
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11 July 2016, 11:30
The photographs of my father Peter must have been taken in his office at Hedges & Butler. I have just located a Spectator article which makes it clear that he was there in 1963. I have two prints which may be the same photographs. In one of them he is holding a glass of sherry up in the air, a characteristic pose.
05 July 2016, 18:26
Peter Alexander Shaw Selerie born: 18th October, 1916 died: 26 July, 1989 Wine Importer & Consultant. Managing Director, Hedges & Butler, Regent Street, in 1960s. Then in succession: Executive (Overseas division), Bass Charrington; Managing Director, Goodhew Matthews, Hampstead Wine Co (including H. Allen Smith) and Imperial Wine. Of Italian descent on father’s side. Parents ran Seleri’s [sic] Oriental Restaurant, 184 Wardour Street, Soho, listed in Baedeker Handbook for Travellers: London & its Environs (1898). Distinguished World War II record. See, inter alia, Stuart Hills, By Tank to Normandy (Cassell & Co. 2002), p. 122. Awarded the Silver Star, 1946 (see The Times, 5 November 1968, p. 25). Educated City of London School. Married E. Muriel Lee, great-niece of W.H. Grimwood, woodcarver and Principal of the School of Art Wood Carving, South Kensington, and niece of Herbert H. Grimwood (who held the same position), author of An Introduction to Decorative Woodwork (1936). Father of London writer Gavin Selerie (born 1949).
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