Dorothy Norman (American, 1905-1997)
Three works of art; East Falmouth Meeting House, ca. 1930; Gelatin silver print; Signed, titled, dated with artist's stamp; 3 7/8" x 3"; Church Steeple, Cape Cod; Gelatin silver print; Signed and titled with artist's stamp; 3" x 2 1/2"; Church Steeple, New England, ca. 1930; Gelatin silver print; Signed, titled, dated with artist's stamp; 3 1/2" x 2"; Provenance: From the Collection of Dorothy Norman
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
All have “Original by Dorothy Norman”, signed, titled and some dated on reverse of mat board. East Falmouth Meeting House: Photo is dry mounted to backing board. Sheet of tissue glued to verso of mat and folded over photo for protection. Emulsion loss a bottom edge. Church Steeple, Cape Cod and Church Steeple, New England: Both in a clamshell mat, face of mats are stained and mildewed. Each photo is dry mounted to cardstock. Cardstock is mounted to backing board with framer's corners. Silvering to edges of photos. Minor loss of emulsion to edges. Some spotting to and surface scratches to images.
Dorothy Norman was a photographer, writer, social activist and art patron. Born into a wealthy Philadelphia family in 1905,
Norman attended Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she met and married the affluent Edward A. Norman.
The young couple moved to New York City, where, fortuitously, Norman wandered into Alfred Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery in 1927.
This happenstance encounter resulted in a long term collaboration between Stieglitz and Norman, both professionally and
privately. In addition to her own accomplishments as a photographer, Norman worked as an editor and writer. She was also an
outspoken activist for civil rights in the 1930s and 1940s.
The lot is from Dorothy Norman’s personal collection.