Postcard photograph by noted British portrait photographer Florence Vandamm of a young Hess seated at the piano, signed and inscribed at black lower margin "With my very best wishes to Miss Annie Whitney Myra Hess" and with an autograph note to verso "with so many thanks for your lovely note - & for the criticisms."
Hess, an English pianist, made her debut in 1907 with Beethoven's Fourth Concerto and Saint-Saëns's Fourth Concerto under Beecham at the Queen's Hall in London. "In 1912 Hess achieved a major success playing the Schumann Concerto with Mengelberg in the Netherlands, and by 1920 she was playing nearly 100 concerts a year in Britain and Europe. In 1922 she made her début in the USA, where she enjoyed particular acclaim." Bryce Morrison in Grove Music Online
Vandamm (1883-1966) opened a photographic studio in London in 1908, moving to New York in 1924. Along with her husband, American photographer George R. Thomas, she became an important photographer for the Theatre Guild, photographing performers including Ethel Barrymore, Katharine Cornell, John Gielgud, Helen Hayes, Eva Le Gallienne, Alfred Lunt, Burgess Meredith,etc. in over 2,000 productions on Broadway from 1925-1950. Her archives are at the New York Public Library.
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