by Gisèle Freund
colour print, 1939
11 3/4 in. x 8 in. (301 mm x 201 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), Novelist and social commentator. Sitter associated with 78 portraits.
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Wells was by 1939 becoming increasingly pessimistic. His futuristic novels, The Time Machine (1895) and The Shape of Things to Come (1939) were to gain a retrospective gimmer for predicting air warfare and the atomic bomb. Wells engineered a sitting with G.B. Shaw for Freund and wrote to her on receiving prints of his own and Shaw's photographs, 'As far as my own picture is concerned, frankly I do not like it at all. It is is not flattering enough'.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 652