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Truman Capote
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Truman Capote 1981

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The American writer, Truman Capote, is best known for works such as ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1958) and ‘In Cold Blood’ (1966). He was very publicity-conscious, ever since 1948, when he posed for a suggestive and provocative photograph to adorn the dust jacket of his book ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’. In later years he was fairly reclusive. This photograph shows him relaxed, presumably at home, but by placing him alongside a strange, white sculpture of a palm tree Mapplethorpe manages to suggest something of Capote’s notorious eccentricity.


  • Acc. No. AR00212
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 37.40 x 37.30 cm (framed: 64.50 x 62.00 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008