Carte-de-visite photograph.


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Carte-de-visite photograph. An image of Motley with a full dark beard and dark hair, with his face resting on his left hand as he looks off towards the side of the image. He is wearing a dark jacket and a patterned vest and is shown from the waist-up. Crested imprint on the reverse of John Watkins Photographer to the Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Ex Royal Family of France, 34 Parliament Street, London S.W., and with their abbreviated information printed beneath the mount (partially obscured by an ink identification of Motley in an unknown contemporary hand). Image rather speckled, with some light fading and oxidization.

John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877); American historian and diplomat. Much of Motley's life was spent abroad researching his historical writings, and in various diplomatic posts. In England his friends included Bright, Dickens and Thomas Hughes. His best-known book, The Rise of the Dutch Republic, was finished in 1854, and Motley "set out with the manuscript for London to find a publisher. Murray, to whom he had letters of introduction, kept the manuscript for some weeks but finally declined it on account of its considerable length and unfamiliar subject. After some further negotiations Chapman agreed to publish it simultaneously with Harper & Brothers in America at the author's expense." When the book finally appeared early in 1856, instead of sales of less than a hundred which Motley had feared, some 17,000 copies were sold in little more than a year in England alone, and a second edition was required. In later years (1869-70) President Grant made Motley minister to Great Britain, but this appointment ended unsatisfactorily. He died in England, at age 63 and was buried in London's Kensal Green Cemetery. See DAB entry by Edward P. Cheyney. (Item ID: 12595)

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