CARL VAN VECHTEN
1880 - 1964
with title, dated 1949, and annotations in pencil with the atelier stamp on the reverse
gelatin silver print
13 ½ x 9 ¼ in.; 34.2 x 23.6 cm
1949, printed 1978.
Paris: 14 October 1949. With atelier stamp to verso, and Van Vechten's penciled notes identifying the subject ("Jean Cocteau"), the date, and number of the negative ("II hh 5"), and a direction for reproduction ("80%").
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Probably taken just before Cocteau's trip to America in 1949. Reproduced in PORTRAITS: The photography of Carl van Vechten, edited by Saul Mauriber (1978).