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1887 Photogravure James Lewis Mrs. G. H. Gilbert Stage Actors Night Off SAS1
1887 Photogravure James Lewis Mrs. G. H. Gilbert Stage Actors Night Off SAS1

1887 Photogravure James Lewis Mrs. G. H. Gilbert Stage Actors Night Off SAS1

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This is an original 1887 photogravure of a drawing of actors, James Lewis and Mrs. G. H. Gilbert, as Professor and Mrs. Zantippi Babbit in the comedy, A Night Off, from the German play by Franz von Schontan, Der Raub der Sabinerinneu, adapted by Augustin Daly. Attached is a brief descriptive note about the actors and an excerpt from the play --please see both images.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of hand-pulled, museum quality photogravures of English and American actors of the stage from the time of Shakespeare through the 19th century. This group of original, museum-quality photogravures, produced by Gebbie & Husson Co., Ltd., are among the finest available in the world. Their condition is unsurpassed. The artistry in the creation of these photogravures has produced the most clear, detailed, and broad tonal ranges that we have ever seen. The intaglio process used for this collection is far superior to the more mechanical photogravures and rotogravures that we often see. We have inspected these under 10x magnification --the detail is exceptional and the stock, flawless (with noted condition exceptions). The plate impressions are deep and very visible to the naked eye but do not show up well on the digital image. Each photogravure includes a separate page of descriptive text, with halftone images, about the play and/or the actor. This collection will be of interest to collectors of theatrical memorabilia and students of theatre history.

CONDITION

This 124+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. There is some light foxing in the outer margins --please see image.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 11 x 16 inches; 28 x 41 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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