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Signed Photographic Portrait of Rider Haggard - HAGGARD, Sir Henry Rider) HISTE - 1898. 
Platinum print, 23 x 27cm, laid down onto sl. indented sheet, 38 x 49cm, printed with 'Histed, 42 Baker Street, London W. Signed in pencil 'H Rider Haggard 1901, Histed'. Simply framed but not glazed. The photographer Ernest Walter Histed, 1862-1947, was born in Brighton but made his reputation whilst working in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He returned to London to establish a photographic studio in New Bond Street and then 42 Baker Street. The National Portrait Gallery, although it does not hold a copy, notes that Histed made a portrait of the novelist Sir Henry Rider Haggard in 1898, by which time he was a hugely popular author. Having returned from South Africa in 1881 he decided against pursuing a career at the Bar, for which he had trained, and instead dedicated himself to writing. Having already written King Solomon's Mines, She, Allan Quatermain, Jess, Cleopatra and numerous other novels, 1898 saw the publication of Swallow (serialised in The Graphic) and Doctor Therne.
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