This week, James Cummins Bookseller is pleased to present a selection of portraits and caricatures of literary, artistic and historical figures.
[Paris: 1926]. No. 2 of 35 copies SIGNED AND NUMBERED by the artist in pencil; with his stamp lower left. Rouault's Baudelaire. Superb image of the brooding genius so greatly admired by Rouault, who included it in the second edition of his collection, SOUVENIRS INTIMES (Paris: E. Frapier, 1927), with...
New York: October 10, 1956. Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) was a gifted Afro-American composer and pianist whose close collaboration with Langston Hughes resulted in the most popular of her art songs, the cycle “Three Dream Portraits”. She is also the rarely acknowledged composer of the famous spiritual arrangement, “He's Got the.....
[New York: March 24, 1938]. Van Vechten, Carl. Reproduced in Mauriber's PORTRAITS (1978).
[New York]: 30 March, 1948. One of a famous series taken Van Vechten of the 23-year-old Capote posing in slacks and t-shirt, in front of a theatrical backdrop of marionettes. Just after the publication of his first book, OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS (1948).
N.p. [Alabama?]: n.d. [ca. 1945]. To His Aunt and uncle. When Capote's mother and father divorced, four-year-old Truman was send to Monroeville, Alabama to live with his mother's siblings, Seabon and Addie Faulk, where he made friends with his neighbor, Harper Lee. A fine association.
New York: July 4, 1941. Variant of the portrait from the same session published in Portraits: The Photography of Carl Van Vechten (1978).
‘Mark Twain’, 1863: Sam Clemens as a Young Man. Early, striking portrait of Samuel Clemens during his newspaper career in the West. By the time this photograph was taken, the salt-print technique had been entirely superseded on the East Coast and was used only in remoter locations in the West.Dan.....
[Massachusetts]: 1985. Moser, Barry. Number 7 from an edition of 20. Moser's Bronze Head of Twain, one of 20. An unusual image of the American humourist, novelist, and skeptic, by the modern master illustrator -- in the 100th anniversary year of the publication of Huckleberry Finn.
[Paris]: Oct 14, 1949. Portrait of Cocteau leaning over the balustrade of a rooftop.
1919. Inscribed to His Friend and Biographer Jean-Aubry. The author's portrait inscribed to his first biographer " A Jean Aubry son ami Joseph Conrad 1919".Gérard Jean-Aubry was author of Joseph Conrad in the Congo and Joseph Conrad Life and Letters.Conrad recorded this July 1919 session with the famed society photographer...
[Montreux, Switzerland: ca. 1965]. The Wingèd Coward. A famous image of the playwright in his Swiss chalet, taken by the celebrated Swiss photographer Horst Tappe, INSCRIBED to the novelist (aka "Patrick Quentin") and librettist HUGH WHEELER, who wrote the book for musicals SWEENEY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and CANDIDE:"For.....
New York: n.d. ca late 1930's. The Master. Beautifully composed portrait of Noel Coward, at his most suave and debonair, by the noted photographer of society and stage.
[New York, Central Park: June 20, 1941].
New York: January 29, 1959.
n.p: n.d. Self portrait done at the request of collector Burt Britton. INSCRIBED, “For Burt Britton / Margaret Drabble”.
New York: 14 Dec 1938.
New York: March 26th, 1957. Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN(1978).
[Carmel, Calif: ca. 1930]. Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944) was a writer, poet, soldier, corporate lawyer, associate of Clarence Darrow, and a lover of books. He was a founder of Portland's Public Library and the Portland Art Museum, self-proclaimed anarchist, atheist, regular contributor to radical journals of the day, and...
[Carmel, Calif: 1927]. Hagemeyer Portrait of Suffragist Sara Bard Field. Magnificent portrait of the great suffragist, reformer, activist, free-thinker, and poet, Sara Bard Field (1882-1974). Bard was also the passionate lover of the anarchist C.E.S. Wood, and the couple lived together in a celebrated "free union" first in San Francisco.....
[Cambridge: Harvard University, 1867]. A distinctive portrait of the young Lowell reading, possibly from his Harvard 1867 photographic yearbook. Lowell wrote a history of the French Revolution and practiced law.
New York: June 28, 1955. Reproduced (from this print) in PORTRAITS: The Photography of Carl Van Vechten (1978).
London: John & Josiah Boydell, 1795. Original Engraved Copper Printing Plate After Hogarth's Self-Portrait. With the engraved legend at the bottom of the plate: "William Hogarth / From the Original Picture in the Collection of John & Josiah Boydell / Published June 1, 1795 by J. & J. Boydell in...
Berkeley, CA: Wilcox, n.d. Inscribed. "Intelligent, vivacious, comely, and daringly independent–– [Charmian London] was the prototypal New Woman; she became London's ideal 'Mate Woman' and served as the model for Maud Brewster in his popular classic The Sea-Wolf (1904) and also for the heroines in his agrarian trilogy: Burning Daylight.....