Large Antique Cabinet Photo of Alfred Sassoon & His Sons - Siegfried Sassoon English Poet


Fine and rare large Cabinet photo of Alfred Ezra Sassoon (1861-1895), with his three sons, Michael Thornycroft Sassoon (1884-1969), Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), and 2nd Lt. Hamo Watts Sassoon (1887-1915), at Eastbourne in 1894. Housed in its original contemporary wooden frame with gilt slip.

The Sassoon family, known as "Rothschilds of the East" due to the great wealth they accumulated in trade, is of Baghdadi Jewish descent and international renown. It was based in Baghdad, Iraq, before moving to Bombay, India and then spreading to China, England, and other countries. It is said that the family descended from the Shoshans, one of the families of Iberian Peninsula. From the 18th century, the Sassoons were one of the wealthiest families in the world, with a merchant empire spanning the continent of Asia.

Alfred was the son of Sassoon David Sassoon and Fahra Reuben of Mumbai, daughter of Solomon Reuben Sassoon of Baghdad. She later changed her name to Flora in England. Known to be a frustrated artist  Alfred ended up marrying Theresa Georgina Thornycroft, British sculptor and painter, and daughter of Thomas Thornycroft and Mary Francis in 1882. As a result of this marriage Alfred was disinherited by his father.

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, (1886 – 1967) was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the "Sherston trilogy".

Hamo Sassoon in 1915 was at Suvla Bay. Going out into No Man's Land to supervise the construction of barbed wire entanglements he was very badly wounded in the leg. Although he made light of his injury, the medical officer diagnosed a serious wound which would necessitate amputation. He was taken aboard the hospital ship SS Kildonan Castle where he died on 1st November from the effects of his wound. He was later buried at sea and his name is on one of panels of the Helles Memorial.

Size: 30 x 24 cm approx

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