Literature: Bill Brandt, The English at Home, 1936, pl.40 (illustrated full page) Bill Brandt, Shadow of Light, 1977 (illustrated full page p.16) Bill Brandt, London in the Thirties, 1983, pl.70 (illustrated full page) Mark Haworth-Booth (intro.) and David Mellor (essay), Bill Brandt. Behind the Camera. Photographs 1928-1983, Aperture/Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1985 (illustrated p.83) Sarah Meister, Bill Brandt, Shadow and Light, MoMa, New York, 2013, p.18 (illustrated)
Artist's credit stamp on verso. Title and dated by Brandt in pen on verso. Also with crop marks and notations in pencil on verso.
Over-worked in pencil and ink by Brandt.
This print is characteristic of Brandt's early work in being extensively over-worked, in this case with ink and incised lines made either with a blade or a heavy pencil. (see details photographed in raking light)
Less than two years after his arrival in England Brandt's first book was published. Entitled The English at Home (1936), the book would serve as Brandt's calling card in seeking assignments.
The present photograph was illustrated full page in The English at Home, where it is titled "Nursery Girlhood" and "Nursery a Mayfair".
Additionally, the Victoria and Albert museum has two family photo albums in its possession that were complied by Brandt's first wife Eva. The present photograph is contained in a page bearing six picture.This and two of the others reappear in English at Home.This suggests that as with so many of Brandt's early works there was a direct family connection to the subjects shown. Indeed many of his early photographs of the wealthy in fact showed his own extended family's properties and staff.
Copyright The Bill Brandt Archive, London / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York / Zürich. 2018