PORTRAITS OF ANDREA TAGLIABUE
a group of 3 photographs, 2 by Cecil Beaton (1904 - 1980) and 1 by Herbert List (1903 - 1975)
each Cecil Beaton photograph: signed in ink on the image, and with the photographer's credit stamp on the reverse
Herbert List photograph: signed, titled, and dated Février 1960, and annotated in ink on the reverse
3 gelatin silver prints
various sizes to 11¼ x 9⅛ in.; 28.6 x 23.2 cm
1. Cecil Beaton, Untitled [Andrea Tagliabue in bed] circa 1960, 9 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. The following are visible upon close inspection: There are a few tiny losses near the cheek line, in the hair, and at the wrist. There is a tiny rust-colored deposit of indeterminate nature in the upper right quadrant. The edges are worn with occasional chips. The upper and lower edges are gently curled upward. It is annotated in an unidentified hand in ink '552/44'; and in pencil '44' and 'X' on the reverse.
2. Cecil Beaton, Untitled [Andrea Tagliabue in collared shirt], circa 1960, 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. There is a 1/2-inch line of original retouching at the right edge. There is a faint, soft vertical crease in the right portion of of the print. There is a hairline scratch in the lower right quadrant. The edges are curling slightly upward. It is annotated in an unknown hand in ink '552/26' and in pencil '26' on the reverse.
3. Herbert List, 'Andrea Tagliabue', 1960, 11 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. When examined in raking light only, there are multiple scratches and impressions throughout the print; scattered deposits of original retouching; and a general unevenness to the surface. There are rust-colored deposits of indeterminate nature at the lower right. The edges and corners are worn with occasional losses. The annotations in ink on the reverse read as follows: 'Andy Cato [struck through] Andrea Tagliabue c/o Ford, 13 Quai d'Anjou, Paris (IV) ou Via Degli Spagnoli, 29 Roma, tel. 65.62.69 / Photo Herbert List / février, 1960'.
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Sotheby's New York, 15 October 1992, sale 6344, lots 420 and 425
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Andrea Tagliabue was an Italian actor who had a romantic relationship with the artist and writer Charles Henry Ford. The pair lived together in Paris and New York for periods of time around 1960. These photographs by Cecil Beaton and Herbert List offer intimate, relaxed portraits of 'Renzo,' as Ford affectionately nicknamed Tagliabue.