Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 295

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
DU BOIS, W.E. B. Large silver print portrait photograph. 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches, matted and framed. Inscribed and Signed on the Mat. [New York: Pach Brothers, 1944]

Additional Details

A striking half-profile portrait of W.E.B. Du Bois probably taken between 1940 and 1944, when it was presented "For George A. Towns and Family 1897-1944."possibly a reference to the span of their friendship. George Alexander Towns (1870-1960) was an educator, author, community leader, and member of Harvard's class of 1900. He was later affiliated with Atlanta University, first as a student, then as professor and then as an active alumnus. One of his most notable contributions was founding the Crimson and Grey, the Atlanta alumni Association's monthly newsletter. He was a member of the class of 1894, which also included his friend James Weldon Johnson, with whom he maintained a lifelong correspondence. Town's was active in the Atlanta NAACP, the Citizen's League, the Boule and Community Chest. His papers reside at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University, which includes a rich correspondence with Du Bois.