Bill Brandt (British, 1904-1983)
Maid at Window, Mayfair, 1936, printed c. 1950s. Inscribed "Bill Brandt/signed via agency" in blue ink on the verso of the mount. Gelatin silver print with pigment embellishments for reproductive purposes, image/sheet size 9 x 7 3/4 in. (22.8 x 19.7 cm),matted, unframed.
Condition: Mounted, partially detached from mount at l.r., scattered surface crimps and cracks, especially at bottom corners, spot toning.
N.B. German-born photographer Bill Brandt adopted Great Britain as his home in 1934. He used his family connections to gain access to a variety of subjects, creating a portrait of London life that revealed incisive social contrasts. The resulting book, The English at Home, was published in 1936. A variant of this image was reproduced in "The Perfect Parlourmaid," Picture Post, vol. 4, no. 4 (July 29, 1939),pp. 43-7. The subject was employed by Brandt's uncle.
Mount measures 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (30.0 x 22.2 cm). Scattered masking tape remnants on mount. There are subtle indentations to accentuate the folds of the subject's apron.
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