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Sherril Schell portrait photograph of Rupert Brooke

 Collection — Box: BW-14, Folder: 12
Identifier: MS-0868

Content Description

Derived from dealer description: This collection contains one 9.5 by 7.5 inch portrait photograph of Rupert Brooke. It was created in 1913. It is a vintage gelatin silver print, and was taken by the photographer Sherril Schell. The photograph features Brooke from the torso up, dressed in a tie and button down, looking at the camera with his head in his hand.


  • Creation: 1913


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Sherril Schell (1877–1964) was an American photographer. He shot twelve portraits of Rupert Brooke, one of which (a profile view with his shoulders bare) became quite famous, and was used as the frontispiece of his book 1914 and Other Poems.

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was an English poet most famous for his sonnets written at the beginning of World War I. After enlisting in the Royal Naval Division, he died in 1915 of blood poisoning from a mosquito bite. After his death, he "became a symbol in England of the tragic loss of talented youth during the war."

Source: Academy of American Poets. Accessed December 17, 2019.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

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This collection contains a 1913 photograph of Rupert Brooke, a poet famous for his war sonnets who died in World War I.

Custodial History

Derived from dealer description: This photograph came from the collection of poet Frances Cornford, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin and a close friend of Rupert Brooke.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from James Cummins Bookseller in March 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Austyn Wohlers in December 2019.

Guide to Rupert Brooke portrait photograph
Austyn Wohlers
2019 December
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Repository Details

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