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    Sale 7434

    Photographs

    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    JOHN DEAKIN (1912-1972)

    Elizabeth Smart, Writer, c.1952

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    JOHN DEAKIN (1912-1972)
    Elizabeth Smart, Writer, c.1952
    gelatin silver print
    annotated 'Unique Print, No Neg. Exists! Please handle with care, Property: Georgina Barker' by Georgina Barker in ink on label on verso
    12 7/8 x 11¾in. (32.7 x 29.8cm.)


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    This and the following five lots bear testament to the brilliance of one of the greatest portrait photographers of all time. The few scattered prints that exist (virtually no negatives survive), are unique relics, treasures saved from the wreck that demonstrate Deakin's ability and talents. This is Christie's second offering from the Collection of Georgina Barker.

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    Provenance

    From the artist to Elizabeth Smart;
    by descent to her daughter Georgina Barker.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN DEAKIN -- THE PROPERTY OF GEORGINA BARKER

    I regard his talent as one of the most impressive of the century...

    BRUCE BERNARD


    Literature

    Muir, John Deakin Photographs, Schirmer/Mosel, 1996, for other images from this shoot.