Bruce Metcalfe - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired from the estate of the artist
    The collection of Tom Jacobson, San Diego

  • Literature

    The American Annual of Photography, 1932

  • Catalogue Essay

    This beautifully composed image, by Canadian photographer Bruce Metcalfe, of the game of Tiddlywinks was featured in The American Annual of Photography in 1932 as an example of how to maintain delicate highlights and shadow during the printing process. This bird’s eye view further allows for the image to articulate the structure of the game, which was trademarked in England in 1890 and popular throughout North America in the 1930s, while not losing the artistic nuances of strong composition. This print is believed to be the only known early print and exhibition print of this image in existence.



circa 1930
Toned gelatin silver print.
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
Signed in pencil on the mount; signed, titled and annotated in pencil on the reverse of the mount.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,500

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New York Auction 8 October 2015