Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions
Josef Sudek, ‘Svaty Vit (Saint Vitus) (fifteen photographs)’, 1928, Heritage Auctions

Each mounted on Van Gelder paper. Contained in modern black linen covered clamshell portfolio box with original stiff front wrapper with red and silver lion design affixed to interior flap. Titles include: Le château royal et la cathédrale Saint-Guy, vus de Petrín; Le côté de la cathédrale Saint-Guy vu de l'église Saint-Georges; Vue sur les contreforts et les arcs- boutants de la cathédrale Saint-Guy, côté nord. A l'arriére- plan, le pavillon de plaistance de la reine Anne; Cathédrale Saint-Guy, côte sud. Vue sur les arcs- boutants et sur les toits des chapelles du choeur; Echafaudage dressé dans le choeur de la cathédrale Saint-Guy pour la réfection de la voûte; Le choeur et l'échafaudage dressé pour la réfection du triforium, vus de la partie neuve de la cathédrale Saint-Guy; La partie neuve et le choeur de la cathédrale Saint-Guy, vus de la tribune des orgues; Fenêtre ogivale, au bras sud du transept de la cathédrale Saint-Guy; Vu sur la voûte de la grande nef de la cathédrale Saint-Guy; Vu sur la grande nef et le bas- côté sud de la partie neuve de la cathédrale Saint-Guy; Le haut de la partie neuve de la cathédrale Saint-Guy, vu du choeur; Charles IV (Buste du triforium de la cathédrale Saint-Guy); Anne de Svídnice, troisiéme femme de Charles IV (Buste du triforium de la cathédrale); Elisabeth de Pomorany, quatrième femme de Charles IV (Buste du triforium de la cathédrale); Chimère (Détail plastique ornemental de la partie neuve de la cathédrale Saint-Guy). PROVENANCE: Sotheby's New York, September 30, 2014, lot 44; Private collection, California.

Condition Report: Some scuffs to the covers and one approximate 1 inch abarasion to the top of the binding of the box; toning with grime to the title sheets; each image mounted to sheet measuring 19-1/2 x 15-3/4 inches; minor foxing and soiling to the mounts with a few scattered spots of staining,&;not affecting the images;&;minor silver mirroring along the edges of a few, most noticeable in raking light;&; possible fading to a few; approximately three small spots of retouching along the right edge of photograph 11.

Signature: Stamped with the photographer and Jaroslav Durych's sigantures and editioned '11' (out of a total of 120) in ink on the colophon.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Josef Sudek

His life shaped and interrupted by two World Wars, Josef Sudek is among the Czech Republic’s leading 20th-century photographers. Working mostly alone, he roamed the streets of Prague and the surrounding areas with a large-format camera. The photographer produced exquisite, exacting black-and-white prints of cityscapes and landscapes, evocative still lifes, and vignettes glimpsed through his studio window. Sudek initially embarked on a bookbinding career but was derailed by the loss of his right arm while serving in World War One. During his recuperation, he photographed his fellow convalescents, and after his discharge, Sudek enrolled in photography courses and began supporting himself with commercial commissions. The Nazi occupation of Prague during World War Two shifted his course once again. Sudek gave up commercial work to focus on his own vision, which he pursued until the end of his life.

Czech, 1896-1976