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GERSHWIN, George - TOPPO, Renato.

"Making a change"- inscribed photographic portrait.

New York: Toppo New York, 1935 Stock Code: 130182
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Inscribed in the lower border, "To Robley Durham Stevens - Sincere good wishes George Gershwin". Evocative image of the composer "sitting at a piano making an alteration to the score for 'Porgy and Bess'" (Hulton Archive). Robley Stevens was a labour relations consultant working in the Washington/Baltimore area, the author of a number of books and many articles on the subject, and in his spare time something of an autograph hound. He published Enjoy Your Leisure Time; Autograph Collecting Guide in 1955, letters are on record of his soliciting signatures from such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Carl Sandburg, and Rafael Sabatini, and he donated a collection of some 50 autographed photographs of celebrities and accompanying correspondence to the Library of Congress. Signed Gershwin portraits are far from common, and this is a particularly appealing one.

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Original photographic "10 x 8" (256 x 204 mm), printed in sepia on semi-matte paper, photographer's wet-stamp verso.


Rust mark in the border at the top, c.70 mm vertical crease from the bottom edge, with slight cracking of the emulsion, passing through the salutation of the inscription without affecting it, couple of corners a touch creased, but overall very good. Presented in a black gesso and gilt frame with museum acrylic glazing.


Hulton Archive 2698618


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