Rare silver gelatin photograph of Einstein from 1921 by the photographer Orren Jack Turner, inscribed by Einstein in the matte below the image to Johannes Mendelsohn, and signed in full “Albert Einstein. Mai 1921.” With Turner’s embossed stamp in the right margin of matte.
Einstein visited the United States for the first time in 1921, landing in New York on April 2. During his stay he delivered lectures at Columbia and Princeton Universities. It was at Princeton where he met the Princeton-based photographer Orren Jack Turner and sat for this photo.
Photographs from this period of Einstein’s life are rare and this is a particularly good example, showing in profile a handsome Einstein in formal dress.
Size: Image: 6x9 in. With Matte = 7x10.5 in. Some residue at extreme bottom right, just creeping into image; a few spots of silvering at bottom center-left; matte burn at outer edge (not affecting image or inscription/signature).
WITH: Dramatic formal studio photograph of Albert and Elsa Einstein by the New York-based Russian-American photographer Herman Mishkin, with his stamp on the bottom right of image. Signed and inscribed by Elsa in October 1921 along the top border. Size = 8x10 in (including thin border), on photographer’s mount. Some silvering at right of image; a vertical line of soiling to the left of Albert; creasing along top of image.