10 of 37 portraits of Robert Graves
© estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Daniel Farson
glossy bromide print, published 9 January 1954
8 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (210 mm x 192 mm) image size
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Sitterback to top
- Robert Ranke Graves (1895-1985), Poet and writer. Sitter associated with 37 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Farson visited the poet, novelist and critic in his hometown of Deià, Majorca, where he had first moved in 1929. On commission for Picture Post, Farson was accompanied by the writer Robert Kee, whose resignation from the magazine resulted in the article being written by Graves' daughter. The author of I, Claudius (1935) is described as the 'Picasso among writers' on the publication of The Nazarene Gospel. Despite several misunderstandings during his stay, Farson recalled, 'no one could fail to photograph that impressive head successfully'.
'Graves Remakes the Gospels', Picture Post, 9 January 1954
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson (19 April 2012 - 16 September 2012)
Events of 1954back to top
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