Poland Prime Minister 1919 Padarewski Ink Signed Photo


A fine original ink autograph photo of Ignacy Jan Padarewski, c1907, the famous pianist, composer, diplomat, politician and the second Prime Minister of the 2nd Polish Republic.

Born in 1860 he became famous for his sharp wit, oratory skills and his brilliant playing of the piano. Notably, he wrote the only Polish Opera "Manru". After the First World War, he was involved in the creation of Poland and became its Prime Minister in 1919. Later during WWII he became head of the Polish National Council who resided, exiled, in London. He died in New York in 1941 after having contracted Pneumonia. He was later buried at the Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC. In 1992 his body was relocated to St John's Cathedral, Warsaw.

There are many streets and schools named after him in Poland and the USA. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, awarded in 1960.

The postcard is part of a collection of music and opera stars collected c1905 in Germany and Switzerland by an English woman.

Size: 13.8 x 8.7cm