[ Henry James, American author. ] Two unpublished photographs of James at the end of his life, from the papers of his friend Sir Frederick Pollock.

Henry James (1843-1916), American author [ Sir Frederick Pollock , 3rd Baronet (1845-1911) ]
Henry James
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] Rye, Sussex? ] Undated, but taken in the last few years of James's life. In frame with label of W. A. Mansell & Co., Frame Makers, 405 Oxford Street, London.
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The two black and white photographs are in good condition, mounted one above the other in a handsome 25 x 20.5 cm brown wood frame by Mansell & Co. Very well mounted, with the dimensions of the cut-out section of the brown mount being 7.5 x 12.5 cm. (The photographs have not been removed from the mount, but their dimensions must be only slightly larger than this.) Both photographs taken on the same occasion, and are head and shoulders shots of James, in his habitual formal dress (striped waistcoat, wing-collar shirt and cravat, frock coat), standing in front of bushes surrounding the windows of a house (Rye?). He looks tired and drained, and one would surmise that they were taken in the last three or four years of his life. In the upper photograph he stares at the camera with vacant eyes, and in the lower he has turned slightly to his right, giving a three-quarters left profile, as he looks down at a paper in his right hand. Neither image would appear to have been published. For more on Pollock – correspondent of Oliver Wendell Holmes and said to have been 'the most learned Englishman since Francis Bacon' – see his impressive entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. On the reverse of mount, in the hand of Sir John Pollock, 4th Baronet (1878-1963): 'Henry James (author & friend of Sir Fred. Pollock 3rd Bt)'. From the Pollock papers.