An Original Portrait Photograph

LARKIN, Philip

With Love From Philip

LARKIN, Philip An Original Portrait Photograph

Gillman and Soame, 1941.

An original sepia-toned portrait photograph of the author, typically owl-faced and spectacled, bow-tied and tweeded. 152mm x 202mm. Inscribed by Larkin for Norman Iles on the rear "With Love from Philip April 25th 1941." Two very faint creases, only really visible to the rear, with Gillman and Soame's stamp to the rear also.

Iles was Larkin's tutorial mate and closest friend during his first years at Oxford, this photograph being sent to Iles during the Easter vacs. The following year Larkin wrote to Iles "I admire your courage, intelligence and honesty. To prove it I am quite willing to keep up a correspondence as long as you like... I don't care much if I lose sight of Kingsley etc. but I should be very sorry to lose sight of you" (28th July 1942).
Both an excellent association and an uncommon instance of such early inscribed Larkin material.

PROVENANCE: From the collection of Norman Iles.

Stock ID: 38862

£7,500.00

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