Fascinating photographs of London Womens Pub Outings in Battersea and Clapham taken by Scottish photographer Grace Robertson in the 1950s are being sold at Bonhams
, New Bond Street, as part of its sale of Photographs on 20 May 2010.
The four images follow a group of women on a series of pub outings laughing, dancing, forming a conga line and going on a theme park ride. Robertson commented on the experience of photographing these women: I cant recall ever having been present at a more high-spirited gathering of like-minded people who, for a few hours, gave themselves utterly to the enjoyment of the moment.
The photographs, which were printed in the British photojournalism publication Picture Post, are expected to fetch £500 800 each.
The sale features 18 important examples of mid-20th century photojournalism in total, including works by Thurston Hopkins such as La Dolce Vita, Knightsbridge, 1950 (estimate £1,000 1,500) and Tango In The East End, London, 1954 (£700 900). Two pictures from Wolfgang Suschitzkys famous Charing Cross series, Charing Cross Road, London, 1937 and Charing Cross Road from No. 84, London, 1937 are expected to fetch £600 800 and £700 900 respectively.
Other key photojournalists of this generation to feature in the sale include Bert Hardy, John Humphrey Spender and Bill Brandt.