Title: Ballet et Opera.
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Moscow: N.p., 1892. Plate XII from a set of twenty loose black and white prints originally sold as a set in a portfolio, printed in Moscow in 1892. This untitled set of large, high quality photographic prints (each measures 25" X 18") commemorates some unidentified imperial autograph collection, with each print picturing a montage of autographs in specific collecting fields. Subject matters represented include many of the classic areas of autograph collecting: scientists (several different), artists, musicians, actors, opera performers, ballet stars, writers and poets, statesmen and more. While the signed photographs (usually cartes-de-visite), letters and other documents depicted in each montage are international in scope, there tend to be more Russian (go figure!) and French persons. "Ballet et Opera" is a quaint heavy stock print consists of a montage showing nine cartes-de-visite or cabinet size photographs, six of them signed, one with a signed card and two alongside Autograph Notes Signed, of Virginia Zucchi, Sigrid Arnoldson, Libia Drog, Deycha-Sionitzky, Leopoldine Loscher, Marie Petipa, Luigia Cerale, Eugenie Mravine and Lydie Heiten. Most are head and shoulders portraits in opulent Victorian garb and headgear; full-length shots in tutus were not mandatory, and are present only on Loscher and Cerale. These images are casually splayed out atop what might be an artist's rendering of a ballet stage scene, with putti, a lyre, draped florals, etc. Very good. Minor soiling. Most attractive and with large, untrimmed margins.These pre-revolutionary prints from the heyday of the czars -- all in handsome, clean condition -- are seldom encountered in this country, and come direct from our contact. All signatures depicted on these images are, remember, photographic reproductions of their signatures -- not authentic original signatures. Bookseller Inventory # 25071
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