Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Portrait signed in Latin script

24 Jan

Turkish army officer, statesman, and writer (1881–1938), credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey and serving as the country’s first president. Rare matte-finish 6.75 x 9 three-quarter-length portrait of the leader in handsome attire, signed in black ink. Affixed to a cardstock sheet. In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and silvering to dark areas of the image, and some fading, flaking, and fair contrast to ink in the signature. In 1928, Ataturk mandated a transition to a Latin alphabet to replace the Ottoman Turkish script that had been used for over a thousand years. This was one of the most significant cultural changes defined by Ataturk’s reforms, which he put in place in an effort to convert the new Republic of Turkey into a modern, secular state. Ataturk is extremely scarce in any format, with this being a particularly appealing formal pose. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.


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