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John Wayne ‘The Duke’ promotes ‘Brannigan’, looking directly into Arthur Steel’s camera, surrounded by the British Press.

Note: Image unearthed January 2013.

Arthur recalls:
“At first I was standing shoulder to shoulder with all of the other photographers in the pack but I knew that I was getting exactly the same picture as everybody else. Not content with that, I stepped to one side and pretended that my camera had jammed. I slowly moved closer and closer to Wayne pretending to fix my camera, once I was in position, I sprang behind The Duke and yelled out JOHN! He turned around immediately and I took ‘one’ frame. Notice how most of the photographers aren’t even looking at me, it all happened so quickly, I took Wayne totally by surprise and came away with a shot that nobody else had.”

Camera: Leica 35mm.
Film stock:
 Kodak Tri-X Pan.
Location: Central London.
Year: 1974.
Collection: Platinum.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital.
Printed by: Metro Imaging.
Limited Editions:
All prints are limited editions, no further prints are produced once sold.
60″ prints / edition of 5
50″ prints / edition of 10
40″ prints / edition of 20
30″ prints / edition of 30
20″ prints / edition of 50
12″ prints / edition of 50
Bespoke: All prints are bespoke and printed to order.
Presentation: 12 and 20 inch prints are titled, numbered, signed and carefully enfolded in acid free tissue paper, supplied flat in an acid free 4mm 3-ply box for delivery and storage purposes. The boxes are ideal for gift wrapping. The larger 30, 40, 50 and 60 inch prints are also titled, numbered, signed and carefully enfolded in acid free tissue paper and inserted into a rigid 4mm thick protective cardboard tube for delivery.
Delivery: Metro Imaging based in Central London use an experienced shipping service to deliver the boxed and rolled prints. Metro take great care in ensuring the print(s) are very well protected and efficiently delivered anywhere in the UK or overseas. Acid free tissue paper protects prints from scratching/creasing. Metro also offer a vast array of delivery options to suit the recipient’s preference.
Optional Dry Mounting: Professional Dry Mounting of the larger print sizes can be arranged at an additional cost, the print would then be perfectly flat and ready for framing. However, this makes the overall size very bulky for transporting, so, it may be best for us to send a rolled print directly to your framers and let them carry out the works. You just need to make sure that they are insured as we cannot take responsibility for any damages that may occur.
Certificate of Authenticity: Each print acquired from The Arthur Steel Archive is accompanied by an individually signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Video of Authenticity: Newly printed bespoke prints are further authenticated by way of a short personalised video. Arthur Steel mentions your name on the recording prior to signing. For example, Arthur will say something like: “I’m signing this print of John Wayne, edition number 2/20 for Mr. Smith in New York.” For your records, the footage is then sent to you via email.
Watermark: Watermarks will not be present on an original print.
Copyright: © Arthur Steel / The Arthur Steel Archive.

John Wayne Quotes:

Don’t pick a fight, but if you find yourself in one, I suggest you make damn sure you win.

Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.

Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.

Get off your horse and drink your milk.

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.

All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn’t drink, they didn’t smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him.

Don’t say it’s a fine morning or I’ll shoot ya.

Biography: Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer. He epitomized rugged masculinity and became an enduring American icon. He is famous for his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height. He was also known for his conservative political views and his support, beginning in the 1950s, for anti-communist positions.
John Wayne is also the biggest box office draw of all time appearing within the Quigley annual list of “Top 10 Money Maker’s Poll” a record 25 times, with the exception of 1958 he was on this list every year from 1949 to 1974. A Harris Poll, released January 2011, placed Wayne third among America’s favorite film stars, the only deceased star to ever appear on the list and the only one who has appeared on the poll every year since it first began in 1994. In June 1999, the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.
Brannigan is a 1975 British thriller film set principally in London, directed by Douglas Hickox, and starring John Wayne and Richard Attenborough. It tells the story of a Chicago Detective sent to Britain to organise the extradition of an American Mobster (John Vernon).