|A cream-toned bromide print showing the fashionable and successful photographer Dorothy Wilding towards the end of the 1930’s or at the beginning of the 1940’s.
According to the website of the National Portrait Gallery, ‘Dorothy Wilding began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson. Wilding was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer for the 1937 Coronation and opened a second studio in New York in the same year. She is best known for her brightly lit linear compositions photographed in high key lighting against a white background. Her autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published in 1958. Her surviving archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by her sister Mrs. Susan Morton in 1976 and formed the basis of a major NPG retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 1991, The Pursuit of Perfection.’
Not including a black border, the print measures 7.7” by 6” (196 mm by 152 mm) and is supported on a tissue and card mount measuring 13.9” by 9.7” (355 mm by 248 mm).
The typical, printed paper label of the studio is pasted to the centre of the back of the mount. This gives details of the studio and in addition, the sitting number, 011303, in pencil.
condition: Apart from a small amount of faint spotting in the area of the background, the print is in excellent condition. The mount is
clean and firm but shows a little more foxing, particularly on the cream-coloured border of fine tissue paper that surrounds the print.
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