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[Photographic Portfolio]: Charles Cooper, Portraitist
New York. [circa 1920s]. Charles Cooper's original leather portfolio (15" x 21") with his name and studio address (576 Fifth Avenue, at 47th Street) stamped in gold on the front, containing 30 large format individual and group portrait photographs. Most are gelatin silver prints measuring between 10" x 13" and 11" x 14", including a few mounted circular prints measuring about 11" across. Ten are mounted on Cooper's thick studio mats, Signed in pencil or with his name embossed on the mat. The other 20 loose prints are unidentified. All appear to have been taken sometime in the mid-1920s.Several accomplished individual and family portraits by this little-known New York City photographer, whose images appear strongly influenced by Julia Margaret Cameron, including one image of two girls. Other compelling images include three prints of various members of the same large family taken outside in a park, all strikingly similar in style to August Sander's portraits from the same period. Only two of the prints are identified with a small typed paper slip laid down on the mat: a portrait of Clyde Fisher, the father of astronomy in America and curator of the Hayden Planetarium; and a portrait of New York lawyer Crescens Hubbard and his family. The studio mounts and blank versos are soiled, else all 30 prints are near fine overall, the images are clean and bright, in a good portfolio rubbed and scuffed at the edges. A detailed list is available:Three portraits of a large family (not mounted)1. Landscape Family Portrait (14" x 11"): Matriarch, two boys, seven young girls, and two toddlers. Arrayed on and about a wooden park bench.2. Portrait of two boys (11" x 14"): portrait of the two boys on the same bench, taken at an angle.3. Portrait of three young girls (11" x 14"): portrait of three of the young girls seated on the same bench with a young woman (presumably their mother).Seventeen portraits (not mounted)1. Portrait of two young girls (13" x 10"): studio portrait of two bare-chested young girls. Both are wearing ribbons: the younger girl is gazing upwards and lightly clasping her chest, while the other, older girl looks intently forward.2. Portrait of a young woman seated in front of a window with a large vase of flowers.3. Oval landscape portrait (11" across) of a mother and three children reading outside.4. Portrait of a young woman, her young daughter and son reading on a wooden park bench.5-17. Individual portraits: of young girls, three men, a boy, a woman, woman and child, and a toddler. Most are 10" x 13", including two smaller prints (of the toddler).Ten portraits mounted on studio mats: "Charles Cooper, N.Y." (All but one mat measure 13.5" x 18")1. Portrait of Clyde Fisher (10" x 13.25"). Signed in pencil.2. Portrait of a young woman in a stain dress (10.25" x 13.25"). Signed in pencil.3. Portrait of a young blond girl (8" x 9.5"). Mounted on a studio mat (10.5" x 13.5"). Embossed name.4. Portrait of a young boy (10" x 13.25"): Young boy in long-sleeved sweater seated on a table. Embossed name.5. Landscape family portrait (13.25" x 10.25"): "Mr. and Mrs. Crescens Hubbard and family." Signed in pencil.6. Portrait of a young girl with bow (10" circular print). Embossed name.7. Portrait of a young girl with heart locket (10" circular print). Embossed name.8. Portrait of a young girl in plain dress (10" circular print). Singed in pencil.9. Portrait of a boy in suit and tie (8.5" x 11.5"). Embossed name.10. Portrait (landscape) of a young boy and girl reading on a sofa (11.75" x 9"). Embossed name. .
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