Portrait photograph.[London: Scherill Shell, c.1903] Stock Code: 121636
This portrait of a pensive Yeats was taken by London-based American photographer Sherril V. Schell (1877-1964), who during the first decades of the 20th century in his London studio executed portraits of several literary figures such as Wilfrid Wilson Gibson and, famously, Rupert Brooke. Schell has signed the mount in pencil, and stamped the mount on the verso with his Victoria Street address and phone number. This print was one of several in different poses from the same sitting retained by Yeats himself and has been since remained in the family by descent. The mount is also inscribed on the verso in pencil by Yeats's son (1921-2007) "Return to Sen. Michael Yeats". Another image from the Schell sitting was used as the frontispiece for Forrest Reid's monograph, W. B. Yeats, a Critical Study (1915), which was the first of its kind.
Platinum print (237 x 193 mm), thick paper mount. Glazed, framed, and presented in conservation mount.
Slight rubbing to corners of print, a little more so to mount, some glue-related abrasions to mount verso and a few small spots and minor scratches. Very good overall.
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