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This is an original 1914 black and white halftone print portrait of Miss Elsie Spain. Spain was an English opera singer and actress, best known for her performances in soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1908 to 1910 and in operettas and Edwardian musical comedies. She was one of the last leading ladies in the Gilbert and Sullivan roles personally trained by W. S. Gilbert.
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 Ellis & Walery.
Keywords specific to this image: Theater, Costume