Sphinx, Chiswick House Gardens

Bill Brandt (British (born Germany), Hamburg 1904–1983 London)
Gelatin silver print
22.7 x 18.7 cm (8 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1994
Accession Number:
Not on view
One of the great examples of Palladian Revival architecture in 18th century England, Lord Burlington's Chiswick House (built 1723-29) is especially known for its eclectic gardens, whose Arcadian motifs include antique temples, statuary, and obelisks, as well as the sphinx photographed here.
Inscription: Stamped and inscribed, on print, verso. (See photocopy of verso in object file.)
From Noya Brandt (artist's widow) to Edwynn Houk, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 11," November 13, 1995–March 11, 1996.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light," March 6, 2013–August 12, 2013.

Hermanson Meister, Sarah. Bill Brandt: Shadow & Light. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013. p. 100.

The other vintage print of this work is in the collection of The Canadian Centre for Architecture. [Houk Friedman, exclusive agent of the artist's estate]