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1914 Print Portrait May Fortescue Actress Singer Manager Gilbert Costume XMD5

1914 Print Portrait May Fortescue Actress Singer Manager Gilbert Costume XMD5

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"Miss Fortescue"

This is an original 1914 black and white halftone print portrait of Miss May Fortescue. Fortescue was an actress, singer and actor-manager of the Victorian era and a protŽgŽ of playwright W. S. Gilbert. She was a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1881 to 1883, when she left the company due to an engagement to a nobleman, young Arthur William Cairns, Lord Garmoyle. Cairns soon broke off the engagement under pressure from his family, and Fortescue returned to the stage in leading roles.


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.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 3.25 x 5 inches; 8 x 13 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)

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 Ellis and Walery.

Keywords specific to this image: Theater, Stage