CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist)
Lot 50
CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist)
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 10,000 - 13,000
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CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924, novelist)
PORTRAIT BY MALCOLM ARBUTHNOT, R.I., F.R.S.A. (1877-1967), of 43 and 44 New Bond Street, vintage photograph, silver print, head and shoulders, turned to the left, wearing his monocle, SIGNED, DATED AND INSCRIBED BY CONRAD on the original mount below the image ('H. Goodburn with regards from Joseph Conrad 1923') and also signed and stamped by the photographer, framed and glazed, size of image and original mount 9 x 6 inches (23 x 15.5 cm), overall size 18½ x 15 inches (47 x 38 cm), [July 1919]


  • This very fine image of Conrad is inscribed to Harold Goodburn (1891-1966), a science master at The King's School, Canterbury. Conrad approached Goodburn about the possibility of the school taking his son John, but there were no vacancies; instead Goodburn gave John private tuition in mathematics.

    In a letter to J.B. Pinker [of 17 July 1919] Conrad stated: 'I have had 14 shots fired at me by Arbuthnot the photographer - and still survive as you see' (The Letters, 2007, edited by Laurence Davies, volume 6, p. 449).

    Malcolm Arbuthnot, born Malcolm Lewin Stockdale Parsons, photographer and artist, joined the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring in 1907, an organisation whose aim was to promote naturalistic and aesthetic photography as an independent art, and in 1914 he signed the manifesto of the Vorticist movement. After the First World War he gave up photography in favour of painting. A film about him, Arbuthnot, London's Leading Photographer, was shown in London between 1918 and 1920. He was a close friend of George Bernard Shaw and Isadore Duncan. His first wife ran off with and married the poet John Gould Fletcher.

    Large signed photographs by Conrad are scarce.
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