New York,  & .. .. Very good. - sc - Two original large black & white photographs depicting justices, eminent attorneys and other guests at the annual dinners of the New York State Bar Association in 1916 and in 1918.
1. "Associate Justice Charles E. Hughes of the Supreme Court and a group of eminent lawyers assembled as the guests of Hon. A.T. Clearwater, President of the New York State Bar Association, at a dinner, Hotel Astor, Jan. 14, '16." An 11-1/2 inch high by 17 inch wide black & white photograph mounted with glue from the verso onto 12-1/2 inch high by 17-7/8 inch wide gray mat board. Titled in white ink along the bottom in a calligraphic hand, the subjects are photographed in 2 rows. The guests depicted in the first row are seated and those in the second row stand behind them. A chandelier and grandly draped window and ornate mirror & door frames decorate the background. Several of the most eminent guests are identified in white ink in a calligraphic hand above and below their images. Among these are the lawyer Frederick E. Wadhams; the lawyer Joseph H. Choate who was also Ambassador to the United Kingdom; New York Governor Charles S. Whitman; U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1910-1916) and former Governor of New York (1907-10) Charles Evans Hughes, who was also a Presidential Candidate, served as Secretary of State and subsequently as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1930 to 1941; Judge A.T. Clearwater; the lawyer Francis Lynde Stetson; NY State Court of Appeals Justice Morgan J. O'Brien; U.S. Attorney General (1909- 13) George W. Wickersham; William D. Guthrie, Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia University; Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (1898-1904) Alton D. Parker who was the Democratic candidate for President of the U.S. in 1904; Judge W.D. Wadhams; and the anti-trust lawyer Henry W. Taft.
The photograph is in very nice condition with only minor rubbing and soiling. The edges of the mount are rubbed with a tiny chip to the top left corner of the mat. Very good.
2. (Underwood & Underwood). "Officers and Guests, Annual Dinner New York State Bar Association, January 12th, 1918. Hotel Astor, N.Y." An original 15-5/8 inch high by 19- 7/8 inch wide black & white photograph by Underwood & Underwood of New York mounted with glue from the verso onto cardboard of the same size. Titled in black ink in a calligraphic hand along the bottom of the image, the photograph depicts the 30 guests present at the dinner in 3 rows. All but one are identified in a calligraphic hand along the bottom of the photograph. Two rows of subjects stand behind the most eminent guests who are seated in the first row. Hanging plants and light fixtures adorn the ceiling above grand arched columns which line the deep hall which disappears into the background. Among the guests seated in the first row are the British Member of Parliament (1910-1923) Harold Smith, M.P.; the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Sir James Aitkens [sic], K.C. (i.e. Sir James Aikins); Sir Frederick Smith who served as Attorney General of Great Britain from 1915-1919; New York Governor Charles S. Whitman; the Duke of Devonshire who served as Governor General of Canada from 1916-1921; the Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Count Macchi di Cellere; the former Governor of NY (and Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes; the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. Emile de Cartier; and Brigadier General MacLachlan. Standing behind the seated dignitaries are the lawyer Frederick E. Wadhams; George W. Wickersham, who served as the U.S. Attorney General from 1909-13; Alton B. Parker, who served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1898-1904 and was the Democratic Candidate for the Presidency in 1904; John M. Bowers, who served as legal adviser to Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson; Judge Scott [this is quite possibly Francis M. Scott who served as judge on New York's Court of Appear from 1906-1918]; New York City Postmaster William R. Wilcox [i.e Willcox]; James R. Sheffield, who was U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1924 - 1927; the military attache to the Italian Embassy General Emilio Guglielmotti; Judge A.T. Clearwater; Columbia University Professor of Law Charles Thaddeus Terry; General Oliver B. Bridgman, Commander of Squadron A, New York City; and Lieutenant Colonel Henderson. Shown, standing in the last row, are the Chief Justice of Quebec's Superior Court Sir Charles Davidson; New York State Court of Appeals Justice Morgan J. O'Brien; De Lancey Nicoll, who served as New York County District Attorney from 1891 to 1893; New York State's Judge Advocate General A.F. Jenks; Major Beekman Hoppin of the 23rd Infantry who later served as Adjutant of the Second Division during the First World War; Columbia University Professor of Constitutional Law William D. Guthrie; the Philadelphia and New York City lawyer James M. Beck, who later served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1921- 25 and U.S. Representative from 1927 to 1933; and the anti-trust attorney Henry W. Taft.
The photograph is in very nice condition with only minor rubbing and soiling. There is some very minor wear to the edges and corners of the photograph and a pinhole to the top left corner.
Two unique photographs of eminent personalities in New York's early 20th Century judicial system. Dust jacket present.