AMIS, KINGSLEY (1922-1995)
PORTRAIT BY CHRISTOPHER BARKER (b. 1943) photograph, silver print, full length, seated turned slightly to the right, beneath a bust of Queen Victoria, signed by the photographer on the verso, and with his stamp, framed and glazed, size of image 16 x 12 inches (46 x 30 cm), overall size 23 x 18 inches (57 x 46 cm), 1986 (printed later)
'A photograph can't speak or move its face,
And so the ones we find in frames and books
Seem like the real faces of you and me
Now we no longer like each other's looks;
Self-regard cramps them to stupidity;
Their history of movement leaves no trace...'
(Kingsley Amis, 'Album-Leaf')
This fine portrait was among the out-takes shot for Christopher Barker's Portraits of Poets, 1986, but was not used there and has remained unpublished; no example of it is in the National Portrait Gallery.
PROVENANCE: Christopher Barker.