Ca. 148 x 181 mm. Dated London, July 17 and 20, 1893. Signed in black ink.
Issued to the Ravogli sisters from the Sir Augustus Harris Account at The National Bank, Limited, Charing Cross Branch, in the amount of £80, presumably in payment of opera performances in London. With various handstamps of The Union Bank of London and the Comptoir National d'Escompte de Paris to recto.
Creased at folds; several small perforations and one small tear to left edge not affecting signatures; scattered foxing and staining to verso.
Giulia and Sofia Ravogli were Italian opera singers who performed in London and New York.
Sir Augustus Harris (1852-1896) was an English impresario and son of Augustus Glossop Harris, stage manager at Covent Garden from 1853 to 1873. "As manager of Drury Lane (1879–94) he gave seasons by a German company under Richter in 1882 and the Carl Rosa Company from 1883. In 1887 he presented an important Italian season, the success of which led in 1888 to his taking over Covent Garden, which, with aristocratic support, he managed until his death with great artistic and financial success. Eventually performances were given there in the original languages (previously they had all been in Italian) and Covent Garden was renamed the Royal Opera, instead of the Royal Italian Opera. Harris did much to popularize Wagner, giving Ring cycles at Covent Garden and Drury Lane in 1892, conducted by Mahler. He was knighted in 1891." Harold Rosenthal and George Biddlecombe in Grove Music Online.
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