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Yousuf Karsh Silver Gelatin Photograph "Alexander of Tunis," circa 1952

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Yousuf Karsh (Armenian-Canadian, 1908 – 2002)
Alexander of Tunis, circa 1952
Silver gelatin photograph
Signed to lower left margin
Titled to lower right
Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (Canadian, 1891 – 1969)

Photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) began his career by studying under his Uncle Nakash before working with H. Garo of Boston. In 1931, he opened his own studio and learned lighting techniques at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Karsh photographed Winston Churchill in 1941 after meeting and photographing the Prime Minister Mackenzie King while Franklin Delano Roosevelt made history by being the first American President to pay an official visit to Canada. After photographing Churchill, the photographer’s career blossomed. Some of his notable portraits include those of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Keller with Polly Thompson, Fidel Castro, and Grace Kelly.

  • Item not examined outside of mounting


- minor dust accretions to surface; minor staining to upper margin of sheet; minor wear to edges of sheet; even toning to paper mount; slight staining to glaze; minor wear and abrasions to frame; wear, toning, abrasions and creasing to verso.


14.5" W x 21.5" H x 0.75" D

- measures frame; image measures 10.0" W x 12.0" H.

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