DURRELL, LAWRENCE (1912-1990)
PORTRAIT BY CHRISTOPHER BARKER (b. 1943), vintage photograph, silver print, close-up of head only, eyes turned to the left, framed and glazed, size of image 17 x 13 inches (44 x 33 cm), overall size 23 x 18 inches (60 x 46 cm), 1986
Christopher Barker writes: When he [Durrell] opened the door his bulbous lined features cried out to be recorded, and so, as I set the studio flash and view camera up in his sitting room we nattered on about the weather, me quite unaware at that time of his significance in my mother's life (and one surprisingly she had never appraised me of). His features I noticed crumpled and creased benignly when he smiled and of course he duly obliged for my camera.'
Lawrence Durrell effected the first meeting between Christopher Barker's parents George Barker and Elizabeth Smart, whose relationship Christopher Barker described in Arms of the Infinite. This photograph was taken for and was used in Christopher Barker's Portraits of Poets, 1986.
PROVENANCE: Christopher Barker.