Einstein, Albert (1879-1955). Silver gelatin photograph, 7 x 9 in. Signed and dated lower right, "Albert Einstein 1946."
Einstein acquired what would become his favorite brown leather jacket about the time he immigrated to the United States in 1935 to escape Nazi Europe. He appears in many photos wearing his jacket, including the one offered here. This photo bears the blind stamp of Lotte Jacobi, New York. Jacobi (1896-1990) was a well-known German-American photographer who specialized in portraits, photographing famous figures such as Einstein, Marc Chagall, WEB Du Bois, Robert Frost, Peter Lorre, Max Planck, Eleanor Roosevelt, J.D. Salinger, Alfred Stieglitz, and more.
The photo was given to William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950), Prime Minister of Canada from 1921-1930 and 1935-1948. King willed (or gave) the photograph to his brother's son (his nephew), Arthur Macdougall King. It was then inherited by Arthur's son (William's grand-nephew), and acquired from his collection.
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