8 December 2015
DARROW, CLARENCE (1857-1938). Photographic reproduction inscribed and signed ("Clarence Darrow"), n.p., n.d. [circa 1935]. 263 x 210 mm. (10 3/8 x 7 15/16 in.) including margins; matted. A shoulder-length portrait, inscribed on the lower right corner: "Clarence Darrow To Herbert Clinton Branch With friendly regards Jan. 31st 1935." "A passionate advocate of liberal causes, he defended Scopes (below) against a prosecution led by the great orator William Jennings Bryan. Though Darrow argued persuasively, he lost his case in what was regarded as a Pyrrhic victory for the anti-evolution forces, though the Bible-versus-Darwin debate has never really ended"--Wesley Marans. -- SCOPES, JOHN T. (1900-1970). Photograph signed ("John T. Scopes"), n.p., n.d. [circa 1925]. 247 x 198 mm. (9 11/16 x 7 13/16 in.) including margins. A half-length portrait, signed on the lower portion of the image. Rare. "A Tennessee schoolteacher blinking in the glaring light of a cause célèbre. The defendent in the famous "Monkey Trial" of 1925, he was charged with violating state law by teaching the theory of evolution. Defended by Clarence Darrow, he was found guilty and fined $100"--W.M.
Provenance: Marans Collection, Christie's, 17 April 1996, lots 129, 175.
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