New York: Brown Brothers, ca.1920. Photograph by Brown Brothers. Original gellatin silver print. Matted & framed. Portrait SIGNED in black ink by William Dean Howells on the mat below the photograph; 4to, gellatin silver print (6" x 8"), matted & framed (approximately 11 1/2" x 13 1/2" overall) in its original walnut veneer frame. Near Fine / None. Item #1828
A framed, matted, and SIGNED, highly evocative portrait of "Wise Old 'Owells," who sits in a reflective pose at his authorial-and-editorial table with pen in hand and glasses in the other about to work on a manuscript placed near his inkwell.
William Dean Howells (1837–1920) was a prominent New England novelist, Christian Socialist, editor, literary critic, poet, and playwright. Nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters," he was particularly respected as the longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, as well as for his own prolific writings. The latter include the well-known Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" (1892), and the realistic novels The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) and A Traveler from Altruria (1894).
Photo slightly silvered but overall Fine/NF.