FABER AND FABER PARTY ON 23 JUNE 1960
CONTACT SHEETS FOR 24 PORTRAITS TAKEN BY MARK GERSON (b. 1921), THE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE EVENT, vintage photographs, silver prints, framed together and glazed, each 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm), overall size 23 x 15 inches (58.5 x 38 cm), Faber's, 23 June 1960
Among the images are five unpublished images of T.S. Eliot and Ted Hughes, eight unpublished images of Auden, one looking up at Epstein's bust of Eliot and one standing beneath it, an unpublished image of Louis MacNeice in conversation with Cyril Connolly, an unpublished image of Tom Driberg, unpublished images of Stephen Spender and Cyril Connolly and four unpublished images of William Plomer with Auden and with the Eliots.
Mark Gerson confirms that these are the only examples of these contact prints; he has no other copies. They are an important otherwise unrecorded witness to one of the most important literary gatherings in London in the second half of the twentieth century. See lot 332.
PROVENANCE: Mark Gerson.