Monday, September 12, 2022

British Beef Week, Day 4 - Hussar . . . or is it Royale?

Basil Clavering and John Parkhurst combined their resources and talents to form Royale Studio in the mid-1950s.  For Clavering it was as much a hobby as anything, as he was the owner of a successful cinema chain, Gala-Royale.  Parkhurst's creative energy produced a succession of racy, but legal photos of military men, athletes, and bodybuilders, often with authentic uniforms and props under the Royale brand.  Some works were marketed with the Hussar marque, with chroniclers of the genre saying that Hussar was for military and Royale for the rest.  My experience is that there is a whole lot of crossover, at least in the modern resale market.  Today we look at works labeled Hussar, but for the sake of simplicity, I'm going to tag them all as Royale. 


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