|A glossy gelatin silver print of the late 1950’s or 1960’s showing Indian dancer Ram Gopal dressed as Shiva. The role is unidentified on this particular print but another copy I have has a small slip of paper pasted to its reverse which reads Nataraja, King of Dancers. However, another print I have shows Gopal in the same costume, only this time an inscription on the reverse of the print in Gopal’s own hand reads Dance of the Setting Sun. All the photographs listed on this page were once a part of the sitter’s own collection, dispersed after his death in 2003. He appears to have gone through them all in old age and where not already identified, written the role and the name of the photographer on the back of each print. Some of the inscriptions contradict one another, and sometimes he writes the name of one photographer on the back of a print when another which is clearly from the same sitting bears different photograph’s wetstamp, so his memory can’t be fully relied on.
Photographed by Houston Rogers of 20, Sloane Street, London. The photographer is identified by his wetstamp on the reverse of the print.
Including a narrow white border (not shown in scan), the print measures 10” by 7.8” ( 251 mm by 197 mm); it is unmounted.
condition: The two lower corners of the print show some small creases, but these are confined to the area of the border and do not intrude on the image. There is also one small semi-circular in the print in the area immediately above the sitter’s head, just visible in a raking light.
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