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Stewart & Skeels

We deal in early photography and related printed material.  Our main focus is on British photography from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  We issue occasional catalogues.  Meetings and viewings can be arranged by appointment in London and Glasgow, or further afield.

The English at Home: sixty-three photographs by Bill Brandt


First edition of Brandt's first book, belonging to friends of Brandt and his first wife, Eva Boros. The English at Home was published less than two years after Brandt arrived in London and after two unsuccessful approaches to other publishers. Brian Batsford, who had published an English edition of Brassai's Paris de Nuit in 1933, took on the project. 'Brandt enlivens even the more unconventional formula of The English at Home with his individualistic vision. His continental upbringing hamde him an insider and an outsider, and he thus casts a broader eye than usual on the Britain of the 1930s.... The images of cramped working-lass life in The English at Home must have shocked readers who expected a cosy, conventional look at the old country' (Parr & Badger, The Photobook, I, p. 138).