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Wallace Stevens, Hartford, CT
1952
Photographer:Photographed by Rosalie Thorne McKenna , American, 1918 - 2003
Photography; gelatin silver print dry mounted on mat board
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 9 3/4 x 6 15/16in. (24.8 x 17.6cm) Sheet (height x width): 9 3/4 x 6 15/16in. (24.8 x 17.6cm) Mount (height x width): 9 3/4 x 6 15/16in. (24.8 x 17.6cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation
Description: Portrait of a man wearing a suit. He is standing in front of a building with his left hand resting on a concrete wall. He is looking off to the left into the distance.
Subject Note: Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) was an American Modernist poet and insurance executive. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and educated at Harvard University and the New York Law School. In 1916, he joined the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company and moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where he lived for the rest of his life. He started writing poetry late in life; it wasn't until 1923 that his first book of poems was published. Stevens won the National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1951 and 1955, and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1955.
Inscription: Verso of mount, top, in black marker: "WALLACE STEVENS / HARTFORD CT 1953? ["3" crossed out in pencil] / 1952 [pencil]"
Object Number: 2011.344.1127
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