Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir, 1951

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Buchan’s granddaughter, Ursula Buchan, is out now from Bloomsbury UK. This extensive biography tells how although Buchan was mainly known for The Thirty-Nine Steps he in fact wrote about a hundred books. He was a “Scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, war correspondent, director or war time propaganda, and member of parliament.”

This portrait is captioned in the book “JB, characteristically neatly turned out, was photographed many times in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh. This was his favourite picture.”

He and Mr. Karsh had an enduring friendship – read more about them.

Learn more about their many sittings.

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