Princess Balasa Cantacuzene (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Princess Balasa Cantacuzene

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. For more information, see George Grantham Bain Collection - Rights and Restrictions Information

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Bain News Service photograph collection (DLC) 2005682517

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Call Number: LC-B2- 5401-2


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    • 06/Oct/2018 02:51:54

    Princess Balasa Marie Blanche Cantacuzène, daughter of Prince Leon Cantacuzène See Also, see description for Balasha Cantacuzène

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    • 06/Oct/2018 03:20:49

    From "Marie-Blanche (Bălașa) Cantacuzino-Deleanu, 1899 - 1976 Marie-Blanche (Bălașa) Cantacuzino-Deleanu was born on month day 1899, at birth place, to Leon Cantacuzino-Deleanu and Ana Cantacuzino-Deleanu (born Văcărescu). Leon was born on August 7 1869, in Galați, Galați County, Romania. Ana was born on January 1 1873." indicates that she was married to a Paco Amat v Torres (although that "v" sometimes shows as "y")

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    • 06/Oct/2018 03:44:04 has done some more research into her later life and affair with Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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    • 10/Oct/2018 03:36:21

    S. also I didn't find any mention of Marie-Blanche (Balasa) Cantacuzène in the newspapers around 1920/21, but a photo of her sister Helene (Elena), s. e.g. - The Bismarck tribune., September 16, 1920, Image 1 and - The news scimitar., October 01, 1920, FOURTH EDITION, Page 9 with the caption - "Rumania's "most beautiful" woman, Princess Helen Cantacuzene, is mentioned as the future queen of either Bulgaria or Rumania in reports frequently heard here. She. is the daughter of Prince Leon. A royal marriage is rumored." resp. - "PRINCESS HELENE CANTACUZENE. - Rumania joins the rest of the nations In claiming the prettiest woman in the world, and this country's entry is Prlncess Helene Cantacuzene. She is the charming daughter ot Prince Leon."

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    • 11/Oct/2018 00:15:49

    The Bain photo is clearly in the same outfit as the one shown in my earlier comment. That photo appears on with caption: Princess Balasha Cantacuzène by Lafayette, 9 June 1920. indicates that the V&A museum has an archive of negatives from The Lafayette Studio, 160 New Bond St., London, W. that includes the photo in my first comment but not the Bain photo. The occasion was said to be "Publicity photograph prior to presentation at Court, 10 June 1920." She is described as 'Daughter of Roumanian Prince Leon Cantacuzene and sister of Prince Gregoire Lwovitch Cantacuzene, Councellor at the Embassy, London. "...Balasa who earned her living painting portraits of local ladies who had their own tastes in ordering the background."'

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    Greg (LOC P+P)

    • 11/Oct/2018 18:51:49

    Thanks, swanq, we can add life dates to record.