Lot 1201

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(1847 - 1922) American inventor of the telephone, formed the Bell Telephone Company, and established the Volta Laboratory which produced numerous related inventions and improvements on existing technology. Especially rare I.S.P., 9 3/4" x 13 3/4" sepia, a fine chest, up profile portrait of the great inventor, inscribed at bottom to his niece: "To Mrs. Roland Granville Fortescue with much love from her uncle Alexander Graham Bell". An area of light damp-staining extends from the bottom margin, barely intruding into the image and would largely mat-out, and three tiny nicks appear in the dark area to the felt of Bell's image; these could all be remedied easily by a capable conservator, else very good. A great rarity in signed photos. Granville R. Fortescue (1875-1952) was an American soldier, a Rough Rider serving with his cousin, Col. Theodore Roosevelt in Cuba, a presidential aide in the first Roosevelt administration and later, a journalist and war correspondent. His wife, Bell's niece, would become involved in a 1932 murder case in Hawaii, and then retire quietly with her husband.

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May 14, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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