Place Published: London
Publisher: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
Date Published: 1990
Binding: No binding
Large silver gelatin portrait photograph of George Barker by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies head and shoulders, looking into the camera, photographer's label on verso with details of the shoot, Norfolk, March 1990.
Paper size: 16 x 12 inches
Image size: 14-1/2 x 11 inches
Provenance: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies. The Roy Davids Collection (Bonhams).
George Granville Baker was a British Catholic author and poet. He wrote Poems (1935), with the support of T.S. Eliot. Barker continued to publish with varying success; his best work is considered to be Anno Domini (1983). Barker's personal life was passionate. He fathered 15 children by four women. One of these women was Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986). Smart was a Canadian poet and novelist. Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, detailed her romance with George Barker. Smart had a tumultuous affair and became mother to four children (of his fifteen children).
Lucinda Douglas-Menzies (b. 1956) started her training as assistant to architectural photographer Jeremy Whitaker, and to Sydney Harris, press and public relations photographer. She then worked at Sotheby’s for five years as a catalogue photographer to the Chinese porcelain, silver and jewellery departments. In 1986 Douglas-Menzies opened her own studio, specializing in both fine art photography and portraiture and exhibited her first solo exhibition of portraits Luminaries in 1989. She has since worked on and exhibited themed groups of portraits notably Portraits of Astronomers (2009) and Portraits of South Asian Writers (2015). The National Portrait Gallery has 76 portraits in their collection. 2005 Portraits Cobbold and Judd, Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk. quoted from Lucinda Douglas-Menzies web site.
Fine. Item #7547