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Lot 587

Ed Clark Photo of Roosevelt & Churchill, Quebec Conference

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Edward Clark (American/Tennessee, 1911-2000) rare signed photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King at the Quebec Conference, August 19, 1943. The three world leaders are pictured at lower left, seated, surrounded by the press corps. Clark's signature appears in the lower right of the image and also appears in the lower right margin along with the title of the photograph; however, the margin text has been scratched out, presumably by Clark himself. Matted and framed under plexiglass in a distressed stained wood frame. Image: 9 3/4" H x 13 1/8" W. Framed: 17 1/4" H x 20 1/4" W. Note: Although the Washington Post, in its 2000 obituary of Clark, mentioned him photographing Roosevelt and Churchill at their rare joint appearance in Quebec in 1943, this image is the first and only one we have been able to find taken at the event by Clark. Biography: Born in Nashville, photographer Ed Clark began working for The Tennessean Newspaper. Life Magazine made him a stringer in 1936. His famous 1942 photo of Alvin York registering for the draft brought an official job offer, but he refused to leave Nashville as he felt it was a better place to raise his young sons. During his career working for Life and several other magazines, he captured images of racial discrimination, Hollywood celebrities, and several presidents. He is perhaps best known for his 1945 photo of a grieving Navy musician playing in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral train.


Excellent condition. Not examined out of frame.

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