7. David Jayne Hill's Scrapbook of the Renowned

page from David Jayne Hill's scrapbook of the renowned

In 1898, concerned by the advance of ever-more-horrific weapons technology, Czar Nicholas the Second of Russia called for a grand meeting of the leaders of the 19th century at The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss disarmament, the laws of war and war crimes. The group met again in 1907, with U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and former Bucknell President David Jayne Hill, Class of 1874, M’1877, among the U.S. delegates to the Second Peace Conference of The Hague.

Hill left the conference with a fine souvenir: A one-of-a-kind commemorative book whose autographed pages are a who’s who of prewar aristocrats, diplomats and industrial titans. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and Czar Nicholas, who in a few years would send armies to tear each other apart, share space with King Edward the Seventh of England, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and President Teddy Roosevelt. The signature of each is beautifully adorned with hand-drawn illustrations believed to have been commissioned by Hill’s wife Juliet.

Perhaps the most intriguing illustration in the book, though, is this original ink-wash portrait by John Singer Sargent (pictured above), which reflects the pressure of international diplomacy.

Selections from Hill's scrapbook

David Jayne Hill’s monogrammed initials adorn the cover of his memorial book from the Second Peace Conference at The Hague.

Hill’s entry card to the peace conference

A photograph of the peace conference attendees clipped from a magazine.

A bust of Teddy Roosevelt caps the then-sitting U.S. president’s signature.

The lesser coat of arms of the Russian Empire sits opposite the signature of its last czar, Nicholas II.

A close up of the Russian coat of arms.

Captains of industry too are collected in Hill’s memory book. Here is the signature of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, accompanied by a photo.

An original ink sketch by John Singer Sargent, dated 1907.

Close

Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in Bucknell.edu. If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.