Beautiful gelatin silver print, SIGNED AND DATED (1944) BY EINSTEIN on the card mount beneath the photo. With accompanying letter by Gabrielle Oppenheim-Errera, the wife of Einstein’s good friend Paul Oppenheim, presenting the photograph.
Although not indicated, the formal photograph is likely by Lotte Jacobi, who enjoyed photographing Einstein in his leather jacket. The letter by Oppenheim-Errara (dated May 2nd, 1944 and on Princeton, NJ letterhead) reads, in part:
“Paul and I congratulate you and your husband and we are very sorry that we can’t attend and thank you again for the invitation.
“We sent a book to your son that contains the only [?] about Einstein’s personal lufe that we and he knows of...
“I hope Leonard will like this photo of Einstein, signed by him too....”
Paul Oppenheim and his wife were two of Einstein’s closest friends during his Princeton years, hosting regular Sunday luncheons for intellectuals are their home, with Paul taking regular Sunday morning walks with Einstein.
Size: Photo: 7.25 x 9.5 in. (184x244 mm). Laid into card mount with folding cover. Water stain on the back of the mounts (not affecting photograph or signature). Signature particularly strong and photograph fine. An elegant photograph of Einstein, signed and with an interesting provenance.