PLATH (SYLVIA) Two photographs given by Sylvia Plath to her mother Aurelia, the first showing her and her husband Ted Hughes, the second showiing her in garden wearing a sundress

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Lot 145
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Two photographs given by Sylvia Plath to her mother Aurelia, the first showing her and her husband Ted Hughes,the second showing her in a garden wearing a sundress

Sold for £ 2,375 (US$ 2,953) inc. premium
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Two photographs given by Sylvia Plath to her mother Aurelia, the first showing her and her husband Ted Hughes, arm-in-arm, three-quarter length, inscribed by Aurelia on the reverse "Sylvia & Ted at Ted's home, The Beacon Heptonstall Slack, Hebden Bridge, Yorks./ Fall 1956"; the second of a younger Sylvia in a sundress, lying on the lawn, within photographic-paper mount, stamped on the reverse ʻ5 804', both c. 250 x 205mm.

Footnotes

  • ʻSYLVIA & TED AT TED'S HOME' – the well-known photograph of Hughes and Plath was taken after their honeymoon in Benidorm on a visit to Hughes's parents at the Beacon, Heptonstall, in September 1956; Hughes staying on there in October while she returned to study at Cambridge: their marriage being kept secret, for fear that it would be prejudicial to her Fulbright fellowship, until a second marriage ceremony in London on 7 December. It is in the churchyard nearby that she was to be buried in February 1963. The shrubbery and probable date (later forties or early fifties) suggests that the second photograph was taken at the Plath home, 29 Elmwood Road; although we have not as yet tracked down other prints of this image.

Saleroom notices

  • Peter K. Steinberg has kindly confirmed that the second photograph in this lot was taken at 26 (not 29) Elmwood Road and that it probably dates from July/August 1949.
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