C. Later 1920s Collection of Fine Portrait Photography of Natalie Hays Hammond By Soichi Sunami, Peter A. Juley & Son, Ira L. Hill Studio, Ames & Others
(Natalie Hays Hammond)

New York - London: 1927. Collection of fine art portrait photographs of Natalie Hays Hammond (1904-1985) heiress daughter of mining engineer and speculator-developer of mining properties John Hays Hammond who became a painter, Broadway set and costume designer, author, and patron of the arts; includes: portrait by Soichi Sunami (1885-1971) with his blindstamp at bottom right and with his studio stamp on back, 7" x 9 1/2" approx., printed on glossy stock to the edge of the paper, light edgewear, very striking and with a somewhat 'noir' feel to the image, shadows and softening of the clothing, upturned collar, very good-we speculate that Hammond's friendship and work with the famous dancer Martha Graham may have been the 'meeting point' for Sunami and Hammond - the photographer known for his Graham portraiture; Peter A. Juley & Son, the leading fine arts photography firm in New York from 1906 to 1975 and perhaps most famously known for their portraits of artists at work - as this portrait, matte finish in sepia tones 7 1/4" x 9" approx., with studio imprint on back and with the signature in pen lower right 'Juley N Y', of Hammond at studio drawing board, concentrating with pen in hand. A bit of fade towards edges, line of old mount residue on back of cardstock, nevertheless atmospheric, good plus; (3) images taken at Ira L. Hill's Studio, N.Y.C. Ira L. Hill (1877-1947) eccentric and prolific society, fashion and Broadway acting portrait photographer - each with the studio stamp and one with the handwritten 'Natalie Hays Hammond' identified, all on glossy stock, printed to the edge. All different poses, 2 differing clothing outfits, (a) 9" x 11 3/4", light wear, few scratches & tiny abrasions, one corner chipped away, good, (b) 9 3/8" x 11 3/4", light wear, few tiny edge abrasions, very good and (c) 9 1/2" x 12 1/2", top two corners with old crease lines, some other tiny flecking in the body of the image, good; A medium size child portrait of a very young Natalie being held fondly by her father John Hays Hammond (1855-1936) "...the best-known mining engineer in the world..." after his stupendously successful exploits working with Cecil Rhodes in the development of mines in South Africa (DAB) and the source of his daughter's later fortune, in sepia tones gum print, pencil signed Ames below right, image 4 3/4" x 7" approx., hinged at side to heavy paper stock mount, approx. 8 3/4" x 12 1/2" image fine, mount with a bit of edge, tips wear, old mounting hinge residue on back of mount paper, very good; light wear; A photographic portrait of "Miss Natalie Hammond dau. of Mr. & Mrs. John Hays Hammond of Washington marble portrait in Royal Academy exhibition 1926 by Cecil Thomas Permission given to reproduce (signed) Cecil Thomas" by the sculptor, evidently commissioned by the family for the work. 6" x 8" approx., glossy stock, some minor edge, tips wear and soiling on back, very good; and (2) portraits that are unidentified as to studio: 9" x 13" approx. size for both, done in gold tones reminiscent of the best of Arnold Genthe portrait work, subtle lighting effects, soft tones and yet very dramatically posed and taken - some edge, tips wear and corner-creasing, one with two closed edge-tears - with all faults still superb images and perhaps the best-taken of the lot; all in all, a very good group of some of the best of the photo portraiture work taken by well-known society and art photographers of the time; especially interesting to have the ability to compare the same subject taken through the eyes of several master studios' work; N.H. Hammond's former home in North Salem, New York is now part of the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in that community. Good (Item ID: 20386)


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