1920s Signed Dorothy Wilding Risque Photograph 'Surprise'
An original photograph entitled 'Surprise' by Dorothy Wilding, the celebrated English society photographer. The print is from a series of artistic nude and semi nude photos taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The sitter is anonymous and this type of photograph was considered very risque for its time. The general condition is very good, with a strong clear image of good contrast, with no fading. There are a number of foxing spots to the top of the image and down the left hand side, but these in no way detract from a superb image. The image is signed in pencil on the mount and has a printed title to the top right corner of the image. There is also a copyright note printed to the right. The whole is fixed to an outer mount of thick art paper. On the reverse is Dorothy Wilding's studio label which she used between 1924 and 1940. Dorothy Wilding was born in 1893 and died in 1976 after an illustrious career with studios in London and New York. She was well know for her portraits of English Royalty including Edward and Mrs Simpson (Duke and Duchess of Windsor) and our current Queen, as well as famous filmstars and celebrities. Her work is currently archived at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a selection is published in the book 'Dorothy Wilding The Pursuit of Perfection' by Terence Pepper.
This particular print was probably produced around 1927.
Overall Size of mount approx 17x11.75ins (43x30cms) Image size 11x8ins (28x20,5cms)
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