BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC VIEW OF SEATTLE, in 1904 by William P. Romans.
This photograph is inscribed and signed on the back by Raymond Auzias-Turenne, a French cowboy, who left France in 1885 to discover the American West.
Raymond Auzias-Turenne (1861-1940) born in France to aristocratic parents, left his country in 1885 on the advice of a friend and crossed the Atlantic with rare species of Percheron and Anglo-Arabian horses. Landed in New York, Auzias-Turenne hastened to leave this city for Sydney, in North Dakota, a city fifteen days walk from his final destination: Custer City, where he founded a ranch, called Fleur-de-Lys.
For four years, the French will become the lord of this village, hiring cowboys, raising horses, and even meet in the Indian reserve near Pine Ridge, the great Sioux chief Sitting Bull!
Auzias then founds a stud farm in Montreal and publishes, in Paris, Cow-Boy (1896) and a summary of his political reflections entitled République royale (1894) published in Montréal.
In 1904, when he sends this photograph, Auzias-Turenne decides to start a new life.
He convinces his family to follow him on his journey to the far west of the United States. For the next thirty-five years, the former cowboy established himself as an investment banker in Seattle; he made a fortune there - his prosperity was such that it would withstand the crisis of 1929 - and became one of the city's notables.