Original three-quarter length portrait photograph of the dashing young dramatist, seated with book in hand, with an autograph inscription to mat signed "Vict Sardou" to "Miss [?Agnes] Ethel from a wholly devoted author," dated July 20, 1892. Victorien SARDOU.

Original three-quarter length portrait photograph of the dashing young dramatist, seated with book in hand, with an autograph inscription to mat signed "Vict Sardou" to "Miss [?Agnes] Ethel from a wholly devoted author," dated July 20, 1892.

In original mat within red and gilt decorative borders. Image size ca. 239 x 178 mm., overall size ca. 366 x 305 mm. In French (with translation).

Photograph slightly stained and detached from mat; verso browned; mat worn; remnants of former mount to verso.

Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) was a prominent French dramatist best known for his historical melodramas and comedies. Opera composers were attracted to his melodramas in particular: Puccini's Tosca, for instance, is based on Sardou's play of the same name. Although he did not provide many libretti directly, he worked very closely with Saint-Saens on Les barbares.

Sardou's dedicatee may have been Agnes Ethel (1846-1903), a prominent Broadway actress. In September 1872 Ethel appeared in Agnes, a play Sardou wrote especially for her; presented by the Union Square Theatre in New York, it ran for 100 performances.

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Price: $375.00  other currencies

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