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The Perfect Parlourmaid

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

21.5 x 16.5 cms (8.45 x 6.48 ins)

c.1935

HC 11502

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. (illustrated)

Image: 20.9 x 15.9 cms (8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches)
Paper: 21.5 x 16.5 (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches)

Titled, with description, in ink, on verso.

Also photographer's "Photo Bill Brandt, 58, Hillfield
Court, Belsize Avenue, London, N.W. 3" stamp on reverse

This photograph was used as part of a photo story for Picture Post magazine on the life of a maid. ('The Perfect Parlourmaid', Picture Post, vol. 4, no. 4 (July 29, 1939), pp. 43-7. illustrated). On the verso in Brandt's own hand is the extended caption that he wished to appear alongside the work:

"No.2. Pratt the parlour maid wth underunder parlour maid arranges for the 'family's morning teas and breakfasts in bed. She knows the family's likes and dislikes regarding tea and she never forgets whether a visitor to the house prefers 'Indian' or 'China'."


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

British Photography / The Hyman Collection

Bill Brandt

The Perfect Parlourmaid

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

21.5 x 16.5 cms (8.45 x 6.48 ins)

c.1935

HC 11502

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