© estate of Louise Dahl-Wolfe / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York
Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden
by Louise Dahl-Wolfe Click on the links below to find out more
toned bromide print, July 1938
9 7/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (250 mm x 206 mm)
Given by the Britten estate, 1981
Taken for Harper's Bazaar magazine in Central Park, New York, during Auden's first trip to America, the country that he would later make his home. He and Isherwood spent two weeks in the city on their return from China and Japan, where they worked on Journey to a War, a travel book about the Sino-Japanese War. Exhilarated by the USA, Auden and Isherwood returned in January 1939.
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 114
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 231
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 211
- Place made and portrayed: United States (Central Park, New York, United States)
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