Two original portrait photographs of Aleister Crowley, tipped back to back onto a sheet of mold made paper, signed and inscribed along the bottom margin by Crowley. Aleister CROWLEY.
Two original portrait photographs of Aleister Crowley, tipped back to back onto a sheet of mold made paper, signed and inscribed along the bottom margin by Crowley.

Two original portrait photographs of Aleister Crowley, tipped back to back onto a sheet of mold made paper, signed and inscribed along the bottom margin by Crowley.

1943. Two original 4.25" x 3.25" black and white portrait photographs - at least one of which appears to be unpublished. They are both of Aleister Crowley wearing a turban, and in one, smoking a pipe, and are quite likely from the same series of photos taken for the frontis portrait of "The City of God." The photographs are tipped onto a larger (5" x 3.75") sheet of mold-made paper and it seems likely that the piece was a "New Year" gift (or possibly birthday present) to a friend. Written in Crowley's handwriting under the rather pensive looking photograph on the recto is "Two moods - one wish: may next year be the happiest of all your year! [signed] Aleister." On the reverse, under a smiling photo is "Smile, damn you, smile!" Despite his well-attested ego, signed portraits of Crowley are genuinely rare, and sadly forgeries are starting to appear on the market. This photograph and its inscription are unquestionably authentic. A horizontal crease across the "smiling" photograph, otherwise both are in VG+ condition. Item #63296

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