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Portrait of Ellen Terry 24.5cm x 16.5cm (9-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches)
Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn famous silver gelatin portrait of Ellen Terry circa 1886 originally owned by listed American illustrator Artist Eric (Federic) Pape (1870-1938) and later from recent previous owner, Warren Coolidge (Coolidge married Pape's second wife after Pape's death). Provenance as provided by the dealer this item was purchased from. Pape also did a drawing of Terry circa 1900-1910 from another photo he had of Terry.
Some spots and light silver ghosting around perimeter but other wise in very good condition.
Rare larger photograph; same image as three Mendelssohn photos (dated 1883 and other two larger images not dated) in the National Portrait Gallery London and one in Royal Academy of Music dated 1883.
Ellen Terry was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain. She is considered greatest English actress of the late 19th and early 20th century. Her son was Edward Gordon Craig and her great-nephew was John Gielgud.
Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn:
Born in Germany, Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn spent his youth in Poland. He fled to England for political reasons, where he began a photographic career, working for Daniel Downey in Newcastle upon Tyne. Mendelssohn subsequently set up his own studio there in 1873, first on Oxford Street and then on Northumberland Street. He moved to London in 1883, establishing studios on Cathcart Road, South Kensington, and Pembridge Crescent, Bayswater. A member of the Royal Photographic Society from 1884, Mendelssohn was also a founder member of the Professional Photographers Association. quoted from the National Gallery website
Very Good. Item #4786