Large Signed Photograph of President Chester A. Arthur
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CHESTER A. ARTHUR.
Signed Photo, as President, , sepia, approximately 16 x 21 in., mounted on a larger-size board approximately 10½ x 24¼ in., matted and framed. Boldly signed and inscribed below the image, “To John Jameson, with sincere regard, / Chester A. Arthur.” The 3/4-length portrait shows the President standing in a heavy overcoat next to a table on which his top hat rests. The inscription is probably to John Jameson, an Amherst, Massachusetts lawyer, who was appointed postmaster in December 1876.
This generally well-known image was taken in 1882 by Charles Milton Bell during Arthur’s first full year in office. Bell was the youngest member of a family of photographers who operated a studio in Washington, D.C.
In very good to fine condition, with light overall foxing, a bit of fading to the image, and some scattered toning to lower border. There is also a small abrasion with retouching on photo at bottom center, and some scattered, unobtrusive scratches. Nothing detracting from the bold signature and otherwise handsome appearance.
Arthur signed photographs are uncommon, and virtually unobtainable in this unusual size. It is one of the largest photographic portraits of any 19th-century American President.