Nude, c. 1930
A vintage matt silver print showing an artistic study of a female nude.
Photographed by Bertram Park.
Bertram Charles Percival Park (1883-1872) was born in Bloomsbury and originally worked in the family firm, which made artists’ materials. In 1910 he was one of the founders of the London Salon of Photography though when the census was taken the following year he made no mention of photography, giving ‘Artist Colour Manufactory’ as his profession. In 1916 he married Yvonne Gregory, with whom he established a studio in Dover Street with funds provided by the Egyptologist Lord Carnarvon. Here he cultivated a clientele drawn from the upper echelons of society. His work also included portraits of British and European royalty, many of which were used on British and Commonwealth stamps and currency, and numerous publicity photographs for theatrical productions. He published a number of photographic books and also wrote on the cultivation of roses, a subject on which he was considered an expert. In later life he lived at Pinner in Middlesex. He died there on 25 December 1972 at the age of 89, leaving an estate valued at £105,853.
Condition: the print is in very fine condition, with good tonal range; the mount presents a very faint smudge near its upper right-hand corner but is otherwise also in excellent condition.
Dimensions: the print measures 9.6” by 7” (24.4 cm by 17.7 cm). It is tipped on to its original card mount; this measures 14.9” by 11.1’ (37.8 cm by 28.2 cm).