• Wonderful Soft Photogravure Of Richard Le Gallienne, Intimate Friend Of Oscar Wilde

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    RICHARD LE GALLIENNE (January 20, 1866 – September 15, 1947) was an English author and poet. In 1883, his father took him to a lecture by Oscar Wilde and he soon abandoned his job in an accountant’s office to become a professional writer.  His book My Ladies’ Sonnets appeared in 1887 and in 1889 he came literary secretary to Wilson Barnett.  In the summer of 1888, he met Wilde and the two had a brief affair.  The two continued an intimate correspondence after the affair ended.

    Original photogravure 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, by Pirie MacDonald (1867-1942) from Camera Notes (Vol. 6, Number 3, February 1903).  Printed by the Photochrome Engraving Company, a company that Alfred Stieglitz had founded.  MacDonald was a New York commercial photographer who specialized in portraits. After moving from Albany to New York City, he quickly became known as “The photographer of man” and photographed many prominent men, including Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Le Gallienne. The soft focus portrait was selected by Stieglitz for inclusion in Camera Notes.

    The photogravure is in excellent condition and has been archivally matted in an off-white mat (11 x 14), ready to be framed. 

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