Lot 29: Original and large unsigned albumen photo, 9.5 x 11.5, affixed to a 10.75 x 13 mount, portraying U. S. Grant, his wife Julia, and his two sons Frederick and Jesse, posing alongside their guides and porters at the Karnak Temple Complex near the ancient city of Thebes, taken circa late January 1878. In fine condition, with a few light dings and corner tip bends to image, an area of toning to top left affecting just the corner tip of the image, and some dings and soiling to mount. In the March 4, 1878, issue of the New York Herald, John Russell Young, a correspondent who accompanied Grant during his tour wrote, in part: 'We gathered under the shade of a column, and, having carpeted a broken column for Mrs. Grant, sat around her and refreshed ourselves out of a basket…The General wears his pith helmet, swathed in silk, and you just catch a glimpse of the eyes and all the force of his brave, kind, strong face. Mrs. Grant sits near him, shrinking from the sun.' Grant's world tour began shortly after leaving the White House and spanned over two-and-a-half years, with stops in England, Germany, China, India, Italy, and Egypt.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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