Italy - Fascist period: A rare framed personal presentation photograph of Benito Mussolini as taken by the photographer Laviosa of Roma, the bottom personally inscribed in ink ’A Sydney A. Armitage Smith Roma 14 Maggio 1928 - VI’ and signed in ink ‘Mussolini’, the numerals VI refer to the 6th Year of the Fascist Regime, as presented to Sir Sydney Armitage Armitage-Smith, then the Secretary General to the War Reparation Commission. Condition: in Good Condition, framed in a simple black frame, we cannot guarantee the condition of the glass during posting. Personally inscribed to a Sydney A. Armitage-Smith, inscribed and signed by Mussolini on 14th May 1928, the frame measures 52 cm’s in length by 36 cm’s in width. Rare. Sir Sydney Armitage Armitage-Smith, KBE, CB, was born on 3rd September 1876, and educated at University College School London, and then New College, Oxford, where he gained a First Class Degree in Classical Moderations in 1897, and a First Class Degree in Literature and Humanities in 1899, and then a Second Class Degree in Modern History in 1900, being appointed a Fellow of University College London in 1902, and then joined H.M. Treasury in 1902, being appointed the Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1908, and a Member of the West African Currency Committee in 1911 to 1912. He was appointed Secretary to the Royal Commission on Civil Service in 1912 to 1914, and then Assistant Secretary to His Majesty’s Treasury in 1913, a position he then held till he was appointed Member of the Royal Commission on Decimal Coinage in 1918, and was appointed a Companion of the Civil Division of the Order of the Bath in 1918. Armitage-Smith was then made a Member of the Royal Commission on Income Tax in 1919, being appointed a Representative of H.M. Treasury at the Peace Conference in Paris in 1919, he was then appointed Financial Advisor to the Persian Government from 1920 to 1921 and for his service awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Lion and Sword in 1921. He was appointed Secretary General to the War Reparation Commission from 1924 to 1930, and it was in this role that he met with, and was presented with the signed photograph of the Italian leader, Benito Mussolini. For his latter services he was also Knighted in 1929, when he was made Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Armitage-Smith was then appointed Commission for the Enquiry into the Caribs of Dominica and the financial mission to the Leewards Islands and St Lucia in 1931, and in a similar role to the Tanganyika Territory in 1932. He died on 31st October 1932.