Marx, Karl. Portrait photograph.
14 x 11,1 cm. Silver print. Mounted on cardboard.
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Early American reproduction of one of the four iconic photos of Marx from 1875 that the photographer John Mayall jr. (1842-91) had made in rapid sequence in his London studio. On 25 August 1875, Mayall wrote to Marx that he had mailed him some of the prints the previous day, and the remainder would follow in the course of the week.
Mayall was the son of the photographic pioneer John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901), who in 1860 took the first carte-de-visite photographs of Queen Victoria. The renowned Mayall studio had produced a fine portrait of Marx as early as 1872 (it was used as a frontispiece in the first livraison of the first French edition of "Das Kapital").
With the sitter's name, in pencil, on mount recto, and the "Culver Pictures" stamp, labels, and barcodes, on mount verso.
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