Behind Closed Doors

The Perfect Parlourmaid (Parlourmaid at a Window in Kensington)

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid (Parlourmaid at a Window in Kensington)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

22.8 x 19.3 cms (8.96 x 7.58 ins)

c.1935

HC 11136

Provenance

The Estate of Bill Brandt
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Literature

Sarah Hermanson Meister, Bill Brandt: Shadow & Light, (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2013), p. 48. (illustrated)
Bill Jay and Nigel Warburton, Brandt: The Photography of Bill Brandt, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1999 (illustrated p.74)
Bill Brandt, London in the Thirties, 1983, pl.66 (illustrated full page)
Mark Haworth-Booth (intro.) and David Mellor (essay), Bill Brandt. Behind the Camera. Photographs 1928-1983, Aperture/Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1985 (illustrated p.20)
Bill Brandt, Shadow of Light, 1977 (illustrated p.4)
'The Perfect Parlourmaid', Picture Post, vol. 4, no. 4 (July 29, 1939), pp. 43-7. (illustrates a lesser known variant of the present photograph in which the maid's position slightly differs)

Photographer's "58, Hillfield Court" stamp on verso.

Other vintage prints of this work are in the collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum, New York.

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

British Photography / The Hyman Collection

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid (Parlourmaid at a Window in Kensington)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

22.8 x 19.3 cms (8.96 x 7.58 ins)

c.1935

HC 11136

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