Solway notes in his autobiography that Ysaÿe encouraged his pupils to look beyond the study of music alone. He encouraged them to travel and to investigate other arts in order to enrich their understanding of the world.
Photo is signed with a stylized character, and inscribed on the back, "Vous avez connu ce lieue et vous y avez travaille avec le vrai [lu?]," roughly translated as "You have known this place and there understood its truth." In another hand it has been identified as "Ysaÿe's studio in Brussels." It is unclear who has made these inscriptions.
This photo is taken outside the entrance of Ysaÿe's home. Gingold and Solway are arm in arm and posturing jovially. The word written across the gate is "la chanterelle", which is the colloquial name for the highest string on the violin (the E string).
The photo is taped with transparent tape at the top and has been written upon the back in pencil. An earlier message appears to have been erased from under the newer identifying inscription.
Maurice Solway is on the far right hand side of the photo. In the centre is Ysaÿe with his hands upon Viola Mitchell's shoulders. Beside her is Nathan Milstein. Other people depicted in the photograph, but not identified, are: Nina-Magda Lavanchy, Mary Lotte, Mozia Novomist, Jeannette Dincin (who became Ysaÿe's wife three years later, after the death of his first wife), Robert Velton, and Grish Monasevitch.
Not an original photograph. Oversize print and negative from original photograph.
Boris Hambourg was one of Michael Hambourg's sons and a teacher at the Hambourg Conservatory, a private music school in Toronto, Ontario that operated from 1911-1951. The Hambourgs brought many European performers and music teachers to Toronto and their school was regarded as a cultural centre for the emerging artistic community of early 20th century Toronto. Maurice Solway studied at the conservatory with Henri Czaplinsky, before travelling to Europe.
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Dedication on the photograph reads: "To the gifted violinist Maurice Solway wishing him much success. Boris Hambourg. June 23 1924. [Marrall?] Toronto, Ont."
The negative is a copy taken from the original photograph. The print is a copy from the new negative.