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Alvin Landon Coburn and his Mother

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Alvin Landon Coburn and his Mother 1909

Not on display

This double portrait is a striking reflection of the real-life relationship between mother and son. The woman dominates the foreground defending the slight figure of her twenty-seven-year old son behind the large portfolio. Coburn's memoir, written at the end of his life, presents us with a text for the photograph: 'My mother was a remarkable woman of very strong character, who tried to dominate my life. To this I had serious objections, so I retired into my own hidden self and there built up my defences. Yet in her own way she loved me deeply'.


  • Acc. No. PGP 45.14
  • Medium Photogravure
  • Size 21.00 x 15.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984