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Dorothy Brett, 1883-1977
Literary File, Photography Collection

30 items

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Susan McClellan and Mary Foster, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None


Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Brett Literary File consists of 30 photographs, including portraits of Brett, Aldous Huxley, Ottoline Morrell, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

*Items are located at PH:LF:Brett, D., unless otherwise indicated.


Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
*P1 Platinum print of Brett in Western attire standing outdoors in front of a doorway, 1932; signed by the photographer (Alan Sylls) at the bottom of image left; signed by Brett below image right; inscribed on verso: "Dorothy Brett / Dec. 20 1932."
*P2-P32 variant color portraits of Brett in a studio surrounded by paint and paintings; in paper folders.
*P4 Full front, half figure portrait of Brett standing outdoors, 1950; photographer's embossed stamp on the image recto and his ink stamp and inscription on the image verso; matted (with a hinge at the top of the mat).
* P5Faded contact print of Brett seated outdoors on a lawn chair; inscribed on verso: "D. Brett."
*P6-P12Variant snapshots of Brett, Aldous Huxley, and Mark Gertler, posed on a lawn.
*P13Group portrait of 23 mostly unidentified young men and women, including Brett and Mark Gertler, at the Slade Picnic at Burnham Beaches, circa 1912.
* P14Photographic postcard portrait of Brett seated outdoors with an unidentified man and woman.
*P15-P16Snapshots of Ottoline Morrell seated outdoors, crocheting.
* P17Portrait of Gus Ivan Exers at work on a painting; photographer's stamp on verso.
* P18-P22Snapshots of Marsden Hartley (P18-P19), Dorothy Norman (P18-P19), Alfred Stieglitz (P19-P20), John Marin (P21), and Georgia O'Keeffe (P22).
*P23 Snapshot of a campsite with a car; inscribed on verso: "Shooting big game in Zululand 1929 [illegible]."
* P24Snapshot of 2 men on the African veldt; inscribed on verso: "Part of 'Singletree'."
* P25Snapshot of a man seated at the base of a monument; inscribed on verso: "Spion Kop / ME!"
* P26Snapshot of a woman seated in a hillside graveyard; inscribed on verso: "Spion Kop."
* P27Image of part of the north frieze of the Parthenon (published by the British Museum).
* P28Image of 2 paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe hanging on a wall (at American Place?), circa 1930.
*P29Portrait of an unidentified young woman (Brett?); illegible inscription on verso.
PH:LF:OV Box, MediumP30 Portrait of Brett standing in front of a white wall decorated with Native American motifs; mounted and inscribed by the photographer on lower mount recto: "Brett" and "Will Connell;" inscribed on lower right corner of mount verso: "Property of Spud Johnson / Taos N.M."


Index of Photographers

Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1977--P15-P16, P18-P26, P28
Connell, Will, 1898-1961--P30
Moderne Studio--P17
Sylls, Alan--P1
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964--P4


Dorothy Brett Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 28 June 2007)

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