Alfred Wertheimer (1929-2014), "A Nap at the Warwick," signed, titled and inscribed gelatin silver print dated 1979, depicting Elvis Presley napping on a sofa at New York's Warwick Hotel, surrounded by fan mail, March 17, 1956. Signed "A. Wertheimer" in black pen lower right. Inscribed "To Raeanne with Best Wishes" lower left of mat. Additionally signed en verso with copyright stamps stating that this photographic print is for the private use of collectors and no reproduction rights are granted with the sale of the print, and dated 1979. Additional pencil numerical notations upper right corner of back and pencil signature. Framed under plexiglass. Image – 10" H x 15" W. Sheet – 16" H x 20" W. Mat – 19" H x 24" W. Framed – 20 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W. Note: the New York Times, in its obituary of Alfred Wertheimer, wrote, "Mr. Wertheimer was 26 and had not been a professional photographer for long when he got a call from RCA Victor Records asking him to take publicity shots of one of its new artists, a young Southerner making his first television appearance, on the Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show" on CBS. It was March 1956, and Presley had just one big hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." Mr. Wertheimer had never heard of him. Nearly 60 years later, the black-and-white pictures Mr. Wertheimer made over a total of about 10 days "…have become a compelling and revealing part of the vast visual record of rock-n-roll's first superstar." Wertheimer's candid images of Elvis were largely forgotten until the superstar's death in 1977; they eventually made their way into book collections and in 2010 they were featured as part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Smithsonian: "Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer". Provenance: the estate of Raeanne Rubenstein, Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, Ms. Rubenstein was a professional photographer specializing in images of celebrities ranging from John Lennon, Janis Joplin and Andy Warhol to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Her work appeared in Rolling Stone, Life, People, and most recently the Ken Burns documentary, Country Music. CONDITION: Excellent condition with archival tape at top edge and no damage noted. What appear to be smudges near center appear in other known prints of this image.
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