This absolutely stunning photograph
with a facsimile autograph is of 1st class passenger/victim
William T. Stead. This original early 1890's cabinet
photo measures 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" and features
a crystal clear shot with deep vibrant tones.
Cabinet photos were enlarged pictures (typically
of someone famous) that were made to fit inside
of a cabinet for display.
Well before he sailed and perished
on the Titanic, Stead was a famous British journalist
and known for his crusade against child prostitution
in Europe. Memorial plaques bearing his image
can be found both in London and New York.
This is believed to be a "newly
discovered" pose made on the same day he
had several other well known photos taken, since
he is wearing the same suit and there is a similar
background. These other photos mentioned can be
found online and in several books.