John Cornford; Rachel ('Ray') Peters

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John Cornford; Rachel ('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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  • Ramsey & Muspratt (1932-1978), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 60 portraits.

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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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Robert Fox

17 September 2016, 15:55

Adam, Ray (Rachel Peters) was my great auntie. Peters was her maiden name. Jon and Ray were lovers. My understanding is that Jon was killed in Spain leaving Ray expecting a child (James). This was a difficult situation for Ray as she did not have a wealthy family. James was subsequently raised by the Cornford family. Ray was always in touch and the first time I met James was at the Slade family home in Chalk Hill London. Slade being Ray's married name. James' family is in Norfolk.

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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