Newtown resident George Duncan met with C.H. Booth Library Interim Director Beryl Harrison on December 16 to formally present a photographic portrait to the library’s permanent collection.
Mr Duncan has given the library a portrait of 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Alice Munro. The portrait of Ms Munro was taken in a studio in New York City and appeared in The New York Times Magazine in October 2004, timed to coincide with the publication of her short stories entitled Runaway. An alternate image of the one that appeared in the article, the portrait donated to the library is Mr Duncan’s personal favorite from the photo shoot.
Mr Duncan previously donated to the library a portrait of Marilynne Robinson, who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The work was also done by Mr Duncan, who donated it to the library the year Ms Robinson won her Pulitzer.
Each portrait is printed on archival photographic paper, mounted and laminated to museum-quality standards. They can be viewed in the C.H. Booth Library Special Collections Room, on the third floor of the building at 25 Main Street.
Mr Duncan’s work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, and other prominent publications. His fine art portraits are in numerous collections including North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.