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This is an AP from an edition of 25 plus 5 artist's proofs. Printed circa 1987. Image size is 18.25 x 16 inches (46.4 x 40.6 cm). Paper size is 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm).

This is an iconic portrait of the artist’s wife, the chic and stylish Wenda Parkinson, poised beneath the propellers of the plane.

Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith, Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) 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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  • Private Collection, Los Angeles (purchased from Hamiltons Gallery, London, 1997)
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 18 in. (53.34 x 45.72 cm.)
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