Lot 4028: Rare matte-finish 4.5 x 6 portrait of Gorky holding a cigarette, affixed to an 8 x 11.75 mount, boldly signed on the mount in black ink in Cyrillic, "M. Gorky." Blindstamped at the bottom of the photo and lower right of the mount by E. Goldensky of Philadelphia, with a 1906 copyright notice at the bottom of the photo. Double-cloth-matted and framed to an overall size of 17.75 x 22.25. In fine condition, with some creases and a small tear, below (but not affecting) the exceptional signature. Gorky visited America only briefly in 1906, where he was met with public outrage over a scandalous relationship with a Russian actress. However, he was enthusiastically greeted by many of America's prominent literary figures such as Samuel Clemens and William Dean Howells. While visiting Philadelphia he had this portrait taken by Soviet expatriate Elias Goldensky. A magnificent example of this rare oversized format.
RR Auction's Mario Puzo Archive And Literary Rarities Auction 470
Thursday, 18th February 2016
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