Place Published: London
Publisher: John Minihan
Date Published: 1991
Binding: No binding
George Barker portrait by John Minihan photograph, silver gelatin print, head and shoulders, half turned to the right, wearing sun glasses, inscribed by John Minihan below the image 'The poet George Barker. Photographed in London 1991. W.B. Yeats thought Barker the most interesting poet of his generation. He was a friend of Dylan Thomas, who envied his power over women. John Minihan"
John Minihan, photographer's stamp on verso similarly inscribed as the recto.
Paper size: 11-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches
Image size: 11-1/2 x 7-5/8 inches
Provenance: John Minihan. The Roy Davids Collection (Bonhams).
Dublin-born John Minihan moved to London at the age of twelve and became an apprentice photographer with the Daily Mail. At twenty-one he was the youngest staff photographer for the Evening Standard. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world. Minihan works as a freelance photographer specialising in the arts.
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).
Fine. Item #7548