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This is an original 1914 black and white halftone print portrait of Miss Emily Cross. Cross was an English opera singer who was the original Ruth in the London premiere of The Pirates of Penzance in 1880.
This 99+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of halftone portraits from 1914 of the people, actors, and actresses associated with Gilbert & Sullivan operas. The creative Victorian-era collaboration between librettist, W. S. Gilbert, and the composer, Arthur Sullivan, resulted in the production of fourteen comic operas produced at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, many of which are still produced today.
Photography by W. H. Downey.
Keywords specific to this image: Costume, Theater