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    Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, and Jeanne Eagels (75+) vintage oversize photographs. (1880s-1920s) An assortment of extraordinary rarity and quality of (75+) vintage oversize photographs of three of the greatest female performers in the history of the American stage: Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, and Jeanne Eagels. The Bernhardt selection features (2) ca. 1880 Imperial cabinet portrait photos, 9 x 12.675 in. on 9.25 x 13.675 in. cabinet boards, by Napoleon Sarony which are among the finest portraits extant on this subject and from the earliest days of her career, as well as quite likely being platinum prints, plus (3) ca. 1910 Henri Manuel 8.375 x 10.875 in. on 9.75 x 12.75 in. signature boards of Bernhardt in an unidentified play. The Lillian Russell selection features (2) ca. 1905 Imperial cabinet portrait photos, 9.5 x 12.5 in. on 9.5 x 14 in. board and 7 x 11 in. on 7.25 x 12.75 in. board, plus (5) approx. 10 x 13 in. portrait prints covering two decades on Russell's career. The Jeanne Eagels selection of (50+) is quite likely the most extensive range of oversize early portraits and important production scenes extant for this remarkable and all-too-brief stage and screen phenomenon, encompassing the majority of her relatively short career, including even replacement roles between 1911 and 1915 before she received official billing. In addition to several exquisite and truly ethereal portraits, she is represented here in the following productions ranging from 1911 to 1927: Jumping Jupiter, Outcast, Daddies, Alexander Hamilton, The Wonderful Thing, Her Cardboard Lover, Man Woman and Sin, and numerous scenes and portraits from her signature role in Rain. Majority are approx. 11 x 14 in. with a few marked or trimmed for publication, though overall entire lot remains very good to fine.

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    October, 2014
    17th Friday
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