As a little light relief from the gruelling saga of Madame X, Marcia from basilrathbone.net has suggested I post this pic in case anyone can ID the various people in the photos. It was taken in BR’s house on Los Feliz some time between 1935 when they moved in and 1939 when they made the transition to Bellagio Road.
The full size original (very large) can be seen and downloaded HERE, but here are some enlargements of the relevant sections to let you clearly see the various photos.
Some of these people can be identified. Ouida is conspicuous in several pics (to no one’s surprise I imagine; I mean she probably oversaw the placement and content of every object in the room, and wasn’t gonna let it seem like he could live without at least three versions of her fabulous features to gaze upon, right?) Marcia thinks the kid bottom center over the desk is Rodion and I agree it does look like it could be. Likewise I think his parents can be seen on the top row over the desk. And I believe the German Shepherd dog would be Moritz or Moritza.
But who are the other people? The one bottom left next to Rodion looks like a female child, aged maybe 2 or 3. I would suggest it might be his daughter, only I doubt Ouida would have been very happy with that child being represented on the wall.
Any thoughts or suggestions or instant recognitions?