Photograph of the Month - November 2012

Past display archive
1 November - 30 November 2012

Room 31

Free



Edward James, by Norman Parkinson, late 1930s - NPG  - © Norman Parkinson Archive

Edward James
by Norman Parkinson
late 1930s
NPG P1664

Poet, designer and patron of the arts, Edward James published his first book of poems in 1926 while studying at Christ Church Oxford (1926–28) where he read history and then modern languages. This rare print by Norman Parkinson is inscribed by James with a quote from Robert Browning’s Rabbi Ben Ezra: ‘Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made.’ James’s legacy is continued by the Edward James Foundation based at West Dean Park, Sussex, which he founded in 1964 to support and teach artists and craftspeople.

This recently acquired photograph by Parkinson was previously in the collection of the actress Ruth Ford. The portrait is displayed for the first time to coincide with forthcoming exhibition Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment at the Fashion and Textile Museum, which will feature many of Parkinson’s fashion photographs.

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