Cabinet card photograph. Joseph JEFFERSON.

Cabinet card photograph

1893. No binding.

Full-length role portrait as Rip Van Winkle in the play of the same name after Washington Irving. From the studio of Sarony, New York, with studio details printed to lower margin. 165x108 mm; corners rounded.

Somewhat browned; corners bumped.


Jefferson came from a theatrical family in Philadelphia and had his first onstage appearances as a child. In 1859, he made a dramatic version of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle based on some older plays. An instant success, within six years Rip Van Winkle became Jefferson's signature role and finally his only role, which he even played in a series of short films produced in 1896. "He was Rip and Rip was he." Francis Wilson, Joseph Jefferson: Reminiscences of a Fellow Player (New York: C. Scribner's Sons., 1906), p. 136.

Item #23861

Price: $12.00  other currencies

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