KING LEOPOLD II (1835-1909) 2 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED 'LEOPOLD' AND DATED 1890 AND 2 PHOTOGRAPHS.
1) Autograph letter signed «Leopold», addressed to «Monsieur Victor Arnould in Schaerbeek» 1st August 1890 In French. 3pp. 20 x 12,5 cm written in black ink on 1 folded sheet, black header, royal crown and mention «Pavillon d’Ostende». Traces of folds inherent to the mailing, a small tear in the left-hand margin of the 3rd page without affecting the text, soiling on 1st page, otherwise good condition. Included: Handwritten envelope with wax seal with his emblem on the reverse. 10,5 x 13,5 cm «Your remarkable articles on... Belgium... have recently struck my attention... I shall be very much charmed! to have, when it suits you, an opportunity of shaking hands with you...» 2) Autograph letter signed «Leopold», addressed to «Monsieur Victor Arnould in Schaerbeek 7 August 1890 In French. 1p. 20 x 12,5 cm written in black ink on 1 sheet folded in two, red header, royal crown and mention «Pavillon d’Ostende». Traces of folds inherent to the mailing. Good condition. Included: Handwritten envelope with, in red, royal crown and mention «Pavillon d’Ostende», on the back. 10,5 x 13 cm «I thank you for your… letter of the 3rd. If it is convenient for you to come to the Palace next Monday, August 11th, at two o’clock, I shall have great pleasure in receiving you...» 3) 2 portraits of King Leopold II of Belgium Leopold II, the second king of the Belgians, reigned between 1865 and 1907. 27 x 22,5 cm et 29 x 23 cm Victor ARNOULD (1838-1894). Belgian lawyer, journalist and politician. In the radical milieu, Arnould distinguished himself by the campaign he led in favour of the colonial enterprise. In the columns of his newspaper, he supported the granting of a loan from Belgium to the independent state. Leopold II will publicly show him the interest he takes in this unexpected support.