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12mo, sheet measures 13 x 16 1/2 inches. 2 integral leaves. Inscribed and signed by Kelly. "To my old friend James T. (Clyde) from John T. (Kelly). Clyde and Kelly". No date but probably 1906. Shows a shoulder lenth profile of himself, suit and tie, and smoking a cigar. A bold drawing on stationary of Hotel Havlin, Cincinnati. James T. Clyde was a drama coach specializing in helping professional actors perfect comic characterizations. Kelly began his acting career in vaudeville. In 1885 he became a founding member of New York City's Weber & Fields Music Hall and later the Broadway Music Hall. He appeared in some 20 productions with Weber & Fields and Joseph Weber until 1912. His stage character was the archetype of "the heavy Irishman", loud, full of jokes, always laughing, drinking and smoking. The cartoonist Tad Dorgan had him in mind when he coined the phrase "Has anybody here seen Kelley". Very nice condition. Bookseller Inventory # 06352

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Title: Original Pen and Ink Caricature of Himself.

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