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Errol Flynn

1938 (printed 2008)
George Hurrell

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image/sheet: 36.0 cm x 28.5 cm)

'By instinct I'm an adventurer; by choice I'd like to be a writer; by pure, unadulterated luck, I'm an actor' is Errol Flynn's often quoted reflection on his career. Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell captured Flynn at his very best, eliminating his flaws through his use of high contrast and sharp focus to emphasise his chiselled jaw, groomed moustache and suave demeanour. Flynn's on-and-off screen personas merged to create a personal mythology of a freedom-loving rebel who wins the hearts of damsels.

Gift of Michael Desmond 2012

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Artist and subject

George Hurrell (age 34 in 1938)

Errol Flynn (age 29 in 1938)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Michael Desmond (1 portrait)

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