PORTRAIT DE KIKI PRESTON (ALICE GWYNNE)

Paul Cesar Helleu
PORTRAIT DE KIKI PRESTON (ALICE GWYNNE)
pastel
c. 1900

An original Paul Cesar Helleu pastel drawing.

c. 1900

Pastel drawing on wove paper. 

Signed upper right Helleu.

27 x 21 inches

Kiki Preston, née Alice Gwynne (1898 – December 23, 1946) was an American socialite, a member of the Happy Valley Set and the alleged mother of a child with Prince George, Duke of Kent fourth son of King George V. She was a fixture of the Paris and New York high social circles, and a relation to the powerful Vanderbilt and Whitney families 
Preston is referenced in James Fox’s best-selling investigative non-fiction book
White Mischief (1982). Together with other personalities of the Happy Valley set, she appears as a fictional character in Paul Di Fillipo’s short story "A Happy Valley at the End of the World", included in the author’s collection of short stories Lost Pages (1998). She also appears as a character in Clint Jefferies’ play African Nights. The play is set in the Happy Valley community in Kenya, in the year 1928 and portrays, among other things, the romance between Kiki and Prince George. From May to June 2004, the play was performed at the Wings Theater in New York. Kiki was portrayed by actress Karen Stanion.

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