NO RESERVE Forever in Fashion: Important Photographs Gifted by the Norman Parkinson Studio (Online) - Martedì 17 settembre 2019

NO RESERVE Forever in Fashion: Important Photographs Gifted by the Norman Parkinson Studio (Online)

From the East End to the West End, from Monaco to Tobago, Forum Auctions presents a dynamic collection of photographs covering British Photographer Norman Parkinson's career while he was based out of his Twickenham studio. Gifted to his former studio assistant upon the close of his London space, Angela Williams, these works have remained exclusively a part of the Angela Williams Archive until now.

Parkinson is undoubtedly one of the most important photographers in British history, having revolutionised the British fashion scene through his humorous and elegant style. His charming images captured not only the British fashion scene of Fifties and Sixties, but also the iconic faces and places that made up Swinging London; including British socialites, actors, and the theatre scene—he even became the official photographer of the British Royal family.

After establishing his London studio in 1934, he quickly became a regular contributor to Vogue Magazine, Queen Magazine and Harper's Bazaar. He went on to become one of their most important photographers. Parkinson also had a keen eye for discovering talent, including models Jerry Hall, Grace Coddington, and Nena von Schlebrügge. The latter is the subject of three important lots in the present sale, which feature her first test shots as a young model (Lots 13, 14, 15). Von Schlebrügge, actor Uma Thurman's mother, was first spotted by Parkinson as a teenager in Stockholm and shortly thereafter moved to London to pursue her career. In these images, Von Schlebrügge displays her fresh-faced elegance and striking beauty that went on to skyrocket her to fame.

Provenance: At the age of twenty-one, aspiring photographer Angela Williams was introduced to the eminent fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. This meeting went well and she soon became his assistant, developing a collaborative and close working relationship with Parkinson during the 1960s. When the time came for Parkinson to downsize from his Twickenham studio in London, Williams was there to help him sort his possessions. As a thank you, the photographer agreed to gift her his working vintage prints. Williams went on to spend over two decades curating and researching these rare silver prints, now known cumulatively as ‘The Angela Williams Archive'. This sale marks their first presentation to market.

Tuesday 17th September 2019 1:00pm GMT

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Pre auction viewing by appointment at 220 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4LP

Catalogue available here