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Lot 183

Maynard Owen Williams Afghanistan 1931 Signed Photo

Estimate: $600 - $1,000

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Williams, Maynard Owen (American, 1888-1963), Citroen-Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition, Herat, Afghanistan, taken May 21, 1931, photomechanical print c.1931-1933, mounted to masonite, signed and annotated in blue ink lower right "Maynard Owen Williams, 13 x 18 cm., 3 sec, available light." Measures 41.5 x 31.5 inches, in a wood frame. This image was published in the December 1933 issues of National Geographic Magazine on page 732, part of Williams' lengthy article on the country as it emerged onto the world stage. Presumably, the annotated dimensions, 13 x 18 cm, refer to the size as it would appear in the magazine. Provenance: given by the artist to Herman Arens, the Executive Assistant and Secretary to the President of the National Geographic Society. Any Maynard image signed by him is notable and rare.


In fair to good condition, with visible compression marks to the lower left and right corners, other faint scratching throughout, staining along right edge. Merchandise will be packed and transported by the purchaser at their own risk and expense. A list of recommended shippers is on our website: .

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