Early, beautiful, and large bust-length photograph, sepia-toned, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY EINSTEIN in German to Sir Thomas Barclay. (English translation: "Herr Barclay in memory of 1 April 22, Albert Einstein").
From March 28 to April 10, 1922, Einstein traveled to France and on March 31, began a series of lectures about the theory of relativity at the College de France in Paris. On March 14, 1922, Einstein wrote to Sir Thomas Barclay (the recipient of the photograph) alerting him of his Paris visit and mentioned that he hoped to see Barclay during his stay. Barclay responded on March 20, inviting Einstein to share “the midday meal with me on Saturday April 1st,” the date Einstein refers to in his inscription. (The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, princeton.edu.)
Sir Thomas Barclay (1853-1941) was a celebrated statesman, author, and expert on international law. Among his many accomplishments, Barclay was an MP, the deputy Chairman of the International Law Association, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize ten times.
Size: 6.5 x 9 inches, attached to a board measuring 8 x 12. Darkened board from aging, pencil marks for board cut slightly visible on two sides.
A handsome, early photograph of Einstein, with strong signature and inscription.