EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)

Photograph signed ('A. Einstein') and inscribed 'To Mr A.C. Robbins / mit [sic] kind regards', 1951.

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955)
Photograph signed ('A. Einstein') and inscribed 'To Mr A.C. Robbins / mit [sic] kind regards', 1951.
The image by Yousuf Karsh, Ottowa, signed by him in white at lower left corner, and with copyright stamp on verso. Inscribed by Einstein on the lower margin (lower margin including signature sometime cut off, now reattached). Provenance: by descent.

The celebrated Karsh portrait. The photograph by the great Armenian/Canadian portraitist Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was taken at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, on 11 February 1948. It is 'recognized as one of Mr. Karsh’s most iconic images' (karsh.org). At the sitting, Karsh quizzed Einstein on his view of immortality, and he responded: 'there is only one true immortality, on a cosmic scale, and that is the immortality of the cosmos itself' (Yousuf Karsh, Regarding Heroes).

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