8 portrait photographs by Scherril Schell.
BROOKE Rupert (1931.)
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A VERY RARE SUITE OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF RUPERT BROOKE
205 x 162; 245 x 194; 253 x 200; 243 x 198; 202 x 165; 200 x 165; 245 x 195; 154 x 110mm. Newly mounted.
All with the rubber stamp of Emery Walker Ltd., 45 Great Russell Street, and with pencil notes on two versos identifying their use to originate the frontispieces in Letters from America, Collected Poems, and Selected Poems. Slight silvering to one or two prints, and 2 cm triangular loss from the top right of the Collected Poems print. Fine prints with a rich pictorialist tone.
The American-born Schell was principally an architectural photographer, later working in New York where his modernist architectural photography was shown at the Julien Levy gallery. At around the time of these portraits he also photographed Alice Meynell and Brooke's friend W. W. Gibson. The NPG have seven images from this session, which they describe as "taken in the spring of 1913 on a foggy day, without any artificial light, in the living room of Schell's flat in St George's Square, Pimlico. The poet was photographed wearing a blue shirt and blue necktie, described by the photographer as 'a curious affair, a long piece of silk wide enough for a muffler, tied like the ordinary four-in-hand": the current Emery Walker set has two not in the NPG, and the NPG have one which is not present here.
Stock Code: 243599