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The Perfect Parlourmaid - English Parlourmaid (Evening)

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid - English Parlourmaid (Evening)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.1 x 22.2 cms (9.86 x 8.72 ins)

c.1935

HC 11494

Provenance

The Estate of Bill Brandt
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Literature

'The Perfect Parlourmaid', Picture Post, vol. 4, no. 4 (July 29, 1939), pp. 43-7. (opening image is a variant of the present photograph)

Titled, in pencil, English Parlourmaid (Evening) on verso.
Photographer's "58, Hillfield Court" stamp on verso.

The present photograph is a very close variant of the opening image of Brandt's important photo series 'The Perfect Parlourmaid', Picture Post, vol. 4, no. 4 (July 29, 1939), pp. 43-7.

The angle chosen is very slightly different and the atmosphere is darker formally and psychologically than the published image.

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

British Photography / The Hyman Collection

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid - English Parlourmaid (Evening)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.1 x 22.2 cms (9.86 x 8.72 ins)

c.1935

HC 11494

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