6th Jun, 2024 11:00

19th & 20th Century Photographs
Lot 98

The Royal Photographic Society, 1931

The Royal Photographic Society, 1931

PICTURES FROM THE TYNG COLLECTION, 1931. Large-format portfolio in its original cardboard slipcase, overall measuring 520 x 370mm, with six tipped-in photogravures, the originals of which are held in the Tyng Collection, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Each photogravure mounted recto to individual card leaves, each with web-patterened tissue guard, images measuring approx. 260 x 200mm (or the reverse), with a loose leaf contents list bearing the facsimile signature of J Dudley Johnston, the Society’s former President and Honorary Curator, 1924-1955. Stiff card covers,with original tissue wrapping (yellowed, tears with some loss), bound with hook/loop fastenings, gilt title, with a smaller version of Plate 4 (measuring 115 x 155mm) tipped into the cover.

Published in 1931, this was the first portfolio published by the Royal Photographic Society's Pictorial Group, "in order that members may have the opportunity of acquiring a worthy record of some at least of the photographic masterpieces that make up the permanent collection." In 1927, friend of the Society, the late Stephen H Tyng (of New York), bequeathed a sum of money known as the Stephen H Tyng Foundation, "the annual interest on which was to be expended on the purchase of pictorial photographs of outstanding merit for the Society's Permanent Collection." The Pictorial Group of the RPS was then placed in charge of the fund's administration; each of the original photographs in the present portfolio were acquired as part of the Society's new Tyng Collection. Since 2017, the RPS Collection, including the Tyng Collection holdings, has been housed by the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The first plate of the portfolio is Rudolf Koppitz's celebrated signature image: Bewegungs Studie (Study of Movement), a dramatic and stylised portrait of dancers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet, originally made in 1925. The photogravures included in this portfolio are as follows:

No.1. BEWEGUNGS STUDIE (Study of Movement) by Prof. Rudolf Koppitz of Vienna.

No.2. St. Malo by Arthur W. Burgess, F.R.P.S., of Manchester.

No.3. A RUSSIAN BOY by Alexander Leventon, F.R.P.S., of Rochester, U.S.A.


No.5. GROOTE KERKE VEERE by John H. Anderson of London.

No.6. MURIEL EVANS by Arthuir F. Kales of Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000


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