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A vintage print of Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott wearing Norman Hartnell at her wedding to Ian Gilmour at Syon House, Isleworth, London, the official home of the Duke of Northumberland. Image size is 14.375 x 11 inches (36.5 x 27.9 cm); paper size is 15 x 12 inches (38.1 x 30.5 cm). Condition is good, includes original retouching.

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990)
Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith, Norman Parkinson learned the basics of portrait photography while apprenticing for the British firm Speaight & Son. In 1934, he opened his own studio with another photographer, Norman Kibblewhite, who had also worked at Speaight. They called their business Norman Parkinson. When Kibblewhite left the partnership, Parkinson adopted Norman Parkinson as his own name. Specializing in presentation photographs of debutantes (apparently adored by his subjects), he continued the studio until the outbreak of World War II. In 1935, he began shooting for British Harper’s Bazaar, primarily on-location shots, leading to shoots at subjects’ homes in New York City, as well as scenic locations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. In the 1930s he also began photographing for advertisements, including sittings with Lady Marguerite Strickland for the Marita fashion line. The following decade, he left the staff of Harper’s and began photographing for British Vogue and American Vogue, eventually spending six months of every year living in New York City. During the mid-1950s he worked more frequently on advertisements, including for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency’s Hunt’s Catsup campaign.[duke.edu]

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Publication: Norman Parkinson "Lifework" 1983 page (see illustration)
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Staining
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Very slight yellow tone with age
Degree: Minor

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Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • The photographer Angela Williams Archive
  • Pickup Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 14.38 x 11 in. (36.53 x 27.94 cm.)

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