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Lot 42AR
BETJEMAN, JOHN (1906-1984) PORTRAIT BY MARK GERSON, 1960
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,259) inc. premium
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BETJEMAN, JOHN (1906-1984)
PORTRAIT BY MARK GERSON (b. 1921), vintage photograph, silver print, head and shoulders, in profile turned to the left, signed by Mark Gerson on the mount and inscribed 'London', his stamp on the verso, framed and glazed, size of image 9 ½ x 8 inches (24 x 20 cm), overall size 15 x 13 inches (38 x 33 cm), Cloth Fair, November 1960

This image of Betjeman was taken during the shoot in 1960, when Gerson's lighting equipment fused the lights in Betjeman's London House, Cloth Fair, and he had to take his portraits in natural light. When Mark Gerson asked where the fuse box was, Betjeman said that the local council had to make the repairs and it would take up to a month to get this done. The present image of Betjeman is not among those shown on the National Portrait Gallery web site.

Also see lot 331 for Betjeman.

PROVENANCE: Mark Gerson.
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