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George C. Marshall

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George Catlett Marshall, 1880-1959.  General of the Army and World War II Army Chief of Staff; Secretary of State; Secretary of Defense.  Near-mint condition 11 x 14 black-and-white portrait photograph inscribed and signed To Miss Rosemary Wright  /  with my regards  /  G C Marshall.

This is a magnificent vintage portrait by famed New York photographer Philippe Halsman, whose imprint appears in the lower left corner.  Halsman is noted for his bold images, including his portraits of Salvador Dali and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor jumping in the air.  From the 1940s through the 1970s, Halsmans portraits graced the covers and pages of magazines such as Life, Look, Esquire, and the Saturday Evening Post.  In 1958, a Popular Photography poll named Halsman one of the Worlds Ten Greatest Photographers.

This photograph also has outstanding provenance.  It comes from a collection originally assembled by Rosemary E. Wright (1890-1969), who spent some 35 years working for the Army, ultimately as Chief of the Army General Staff Assignment Section, before she retired in November 1953.

We could not scan the entire photograph because of its size, so we have cropped the wide white border that surrounds this beautiful image.  Marshall has inscribed and signed the photo in blue fountain pen.  The edge of the border is slightly ruffled from storage, but the photograph is in extra fine condition.

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