PADEREWSKI, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)
Polish pianist and composer, politician, statesman and spokesman for Polish independence. He was a favorite of concert audiences around the world. Paderewski’s musical fame opened access to diplomacy and the media.
PHOTOGRAPH: 4.75″7.25″ Halftone image published by the London Stereoscope Company. Early vintage image printed on heavy-weight board. Given its age in superb condition (circa 1910).
Paderewski played an important role in meeting with President Woodrow Wilson and obtaining the explicit inclusion of independent Poland as point 13 in Wilson’s peace terms in 1918, called the Fourteen Points. He was the Prime Minister of Poland and also Poland’s foreign minister in 1919, and represented Poland at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. He served 10 months as prime minister, and soon thereafter left Poland, never to return.