ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNES (1888-1965) and TED HUGHES (1930-1998)
JOINT PORTRAIT OF ELIOT AND HUGHES WITH ELIOT'S WIFE VALERIE (d. 2012) BY MARK GERSON (b. 1921), vintage photograph, silver print, head and shoulders with Hughes (one arm under the other) and Eliot in profile respectively on the left and right and Valerie Eliot in the middle looking up at Ted Hughes, signed and inscribed 'London' by Mark Gerson, his stamp on the back, framed and glazed, size of image 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches (19 x 24 cm), overall size 14 x 15 inches (36 x 38 cm), Faber's, 23 June 1960
No example of this photograph is in the National Portrait Gallery. It was reproduced in Letters of Ted Hughes, edited by Christopher Reid, 2007.
The Faber party in 1960 was only the second time that Ted Hughes and T.S. Eliot met.
PROVENANCE: Mark Gerson.