SITWELL, Sir OSBERT (1892-1969, poet and writer)
Lot 212
SITWELL, Sir OSBERT (1892-1969, poet and writer)
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Lot Details
SITWELL, Sir OSBERT (1892-1969, poet and writer)
PORTRAIT BY HORST P. HORST (1906-1999), photograph, silver print, full-length, seated, wearing a voluminous dark coat and with a walking stick, seated next to a table on which is a box of butterflies, eyes averted to the left, signed by the photographer below the image, signed again on the verso with his copyright stamp, framed and glazed, size of image 12 x 10 inches (30 x 25 cm), overall size 19 x 16½ inches (49 x 43 cm), 1948 (printed later)

Footnotes

  • Edith Sitwell had probably met Horst in Paris. 'This photograph of Osbert was probably taken in Horst's recently finished house at Oyster Bay, Long Island. This may have been the occasion recorded in a candid shot by Horst, when the Sitwell's fellow guest was Greta Garbo, "a being who is, physically," according to Edith, "of the lily tribe, but with a human heart and mind' (The Sitwells, National Portrait Gallery, 1994, p. 188).
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