Lot 178 of 350:
Peter Stackpole photograph of W.C. Fields  

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W.C. Fields

Stackpole, Peter



1940s, later printing


Gelatin silver print, 23.5x18 cm (9½x7") on 38x33 cm (15x13¼") mount. Matted.

Signed by the photographer on the mount. Classic image of actor and comedian W.C. Fields, in top-hat and polka-dot tie, his zither in his lap. Peter Stackpole (1913-1997) was one of the original staff photographers for Life Magazine, working for the magazine from 1936 to 1960. He is best known for his images of Hollywood celebrities and for his photographs of the construction of the bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. The photographer's home was destroyed in the Oakland Hills fire of 1991, along with the majority of his prints and negatives. Provenance: from the photographer's estate, by descent.

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