Street Theatre

Blackout in London, Crescent Moon and Street Lamp, The Adelphi

Bill Brandt

Blackout in London, Crescent Moon and Street Lamp, The Adelphi

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

24.9 x 19.3 cms (9.79 x 7.58 ins)

1939

HC 11497

Provenance

The Estate of Bill Brandt
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Exhibited

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, Art Gallery of Ontario, 5 April - 20 July 2014. (This print)

Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection
, Hepworth Wakefield, 2018-19. (This print)

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore, The Hepworth Wakefield (7 February - 31 May 2020). The exhibition will tour to Yale Center for British Art, USA (June 25-September 13, 2020) and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich (November 22, 2020-February 28, 2021). (This print)

Literature

Martina Droth and Paul Messier (eds.), Bill Brandt / Henry Moore, Yale University Press, 2020 (This print)

Bill Jay and Nigel Warburton, Brandt: The Photography of Bill Brandt, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1999 (illustrated p.124). Titled The Adelphi

Titled, in pencil, on verso.
Photographer's "Photo Bill Brandt" stamp, in ink, on verso (twice).

Reflecting on photographs such as this, Brandt subsequently wrote:

"The London of the last war was a different place from the London of 1938. The glamorous make-up of the world's largest city faded with the lights. Under the soft light of the moon the blacked-out town had a new beauty. The houses looked flat like painted scenery and the bombed ruins made strangely shaped silhouettes. Through the gaps new vistas were opened and for the first time the Londoner caught the full view of St Paul's Cathedral."

Copyright The Bill Brandt Archive, London / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York / Zürich. 2018

British Photography / The Hyman Collection

Bill Brandt

Blackout in London, Crescent Moon and Street Lamp, The Adelphi

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

24.9 x 19.3 cms (9.79 x 7.58 ins)

1939

HC 11497

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