LONDON - The National Portrait Gallery’s current blockbuster exhibition on David Bailey – Bailey’s Stardust – is staged on a grand scale occupying the entire lower galleries. Entirely curated by the star photographer himself, the show is filled with the likenesses of models, iconic artists, rock stars and film stars, all captured in the same signature tightly framed, close-up style as his famous Pin-ups series.
David Bailey's Georgia on My Mind, 1990. From the Lowe & Partners Worldwide Corporate Collection. Estimate £3,000–5,000.
There is, however, one quiet, even intimate room. Dedicated to Catherine Bailey, it constitutes a very sweet homage to the beauty of his wife, their family and their years together. One small, soft-toned photograph shows her with her hair down, gazing into the distance. A larger variant of this beautiful portrait will be on offer in our Made in Britain auction along with other experimental work by Bailey and an enchanting little portrait of his daughter Paloma that will conclude the sale.
David Bailey's Paloma Bailey, 1990. From the Lowe & Partners Worldwide Corporate Collection. Estimate £1,500–2,000.