Aspects of Lolita. Photographs and drawings by Graham Ovenden. Introduction by Robert Melville. Academy and St. Martin's, London and New York, 1976. 47 pp. Thin quarto. Edition limited to 1500 copies. Clothbound with gilt title. Reproductions of photographs, drawings, and aquatints.
"As in [Nabakov's] novel, structure and event in Graham Ovenden's drawings are associated with, arise from and are based on sexual love for a minor. But events in the drawings are exclusively devoted to Lolita's moods. He treats her as a young girl who comes to his studio to sit for im, and it is as if she is telling him her story as she poses..."--from Robert Melville's introduction
Ovenden is an established authority on Victorian photography, although not one without an impish sense of fun: he once secreted some masterly forgeries into the National Portrait Gallery, under the name of a mythical Victorian era photographer named Francis Hetling. A small scandal ensued and Ovenden actually found himself being prosecuted at the Old Bailey. He was found not guilty. Among his books on Victorian photography are: Pre Raphaelite Photography (1972); Victorian Children (1972); Victorian Erotic Photography (1973); A Victorian Album - Julia Margaret Cameron and Her Circle (1975); Alphonse Mucha Photographs (1974); Clementina Lady Hawarden (1974); Hill & Adamson, Photographers (1973); Lewis Carroll (1984). He also curated the 1993/4 exhibition Recording Angels, The Work of Lewis Wickes Hine.
Slight bump to crown of spine; light wear to boards; otherwise Fine.