AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN Photograph Signed.
British (English) statesman and Liberal Unionist (laterConservative) politician. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Photograph of Austen Chamberlain with good, bold autograph signature.
The portrait is a real photograph post-card by H. Roland White published by Beagles. It shows Austen Chamberlain half-length, dressed in dapper tweed suit and with a monocle in his eye. It measures approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches and is in fine condition. The autograph of Austen Chamberlain is quite an uncommon one and signed photographs are comparatively scarce.
Austen Chamberlain was of the redoubtable Chamberlain dynasty of powerful and able politicians. His father was the dominant Liberal radical, Joseph Chamberlain and he was the half-brother of Neville Chamberlain. Austen Chamberlain held many of the high offices of state. He was Foreign Secretary under Stanley Baldwin, Chancellor of the Exchequer under Arthur Balfour and David Lloyd George, Secretary of State for India, Postmaster General and First Lord of the Admiralty. It was as Foreign Secretary in 1925 that Austen Chamberlain secured his place in political history when he successfully negotiated the Treaty of Locarno and Britain's accession to the Kellog-Briand Pact for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Austen Chamberlain was always a strong contender for Prime Minister but was passed over twice, in favour of Boner Law and Stanley Baldwin. With Churchill, he was one of the few voices who called for rearmament in the face of the rise to power of the Nazi Party in Germany. He died 10 weeks before his half-brother, Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister.