Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Chesterton Photo

George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ggbain-06610

New for me, have you seen it before?


  1. He looks young. I've seen pictures of him with that moustache, and without the glasses. I would say early 20's?

  2. His hair is already starting to grey, and now I also remember what Gier said at the conference last year about how Chesterton was actually thinner than most people realize, and that his girth was caused by gout.

    We should e-mail him and let him know about this picture.

  3. I've seen this picture once before: on Chesterton's author page at LibraryThing. Since it is also cited as coming from the Library of Congress, this doesn't help us determine anything interesting about the photo's provenance.

    Is that a rosary hanging around the wall picture?

  4. Heb, yes it is. Good eye! I didn't even see it.

    Nice blog, btw. I'll give it a plug in the next issue's Trifles section.

  5. The picture, which is of GK and Belloc first meeting, is in a biography of Belloc by A Wilson. The photo extends to show Gilbert wearing knickerbockers.


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