Karoly, Royal Leamington Spa. Cabinet Card of a fellow all dressed up in medieval garb with his bow and horn. Probably an actor. VG. $20

Window & Grove, London. Miss Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as “Margaret.” Cabinet Card. VG. $55

Henry Irvning
No ID. Sir Henry Irving (6 February 1838 – 13 October 1905), born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes known as J. H. Irving, was an English stage actor in the Victorian era, known as an actor-manager because he took complete responsibility (supervision of sets, lighting, direction, casting, as well as playing the leading roles) for season after season at the Lyceum Theatre, establishing himself and his company as representative of English classical theatre. In 1895 he became the first actor to be awarded a knighthood, indicating full acceptance into the higher circles of British society. Irving is widely acknowledged to be one of the inspirations for Count Dracula, the title character of the 1897 novel Dracula whose author, Bram Stoker, was business manager of the theatre. G. $20

H. Rocher & Co, Chicago. Cabinet Card of Mrs. Lilly Langtry. G+ $85

Gurney, NY. Mrs. Scott Siddons. CDV. VG. $45

No ID. Lizzie Harrold. CDV. VG. $25

Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. John Lester Wallack (1820-1888), actor and manager. Managed the second Wallack’s Theater in NY and opened the third. Trimmed. CDV. VG. $85

Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony, NY. Edwin Forrest (1806-1872). Well-known American actor. Corners clipped. CDV. VG. $85

J. Gurney & Son, NY. Mrs. John Wood, born Matilda Charlotte Vining (1831-1915); English actress and theatre manager. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $75

E. Anthony, NY. Mrs. John Wood, born Matilda Charlotte Vining (1831-1915); English actress and theatre manager. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $75

Charles D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Agnes Kelly Robertson (1833-1916). Actress, adopted daughter of Charles Keen. CDV. VG. $40

J. Gurney & Son, NY. George Holland (1791-1870), English-American stage actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $50

J. Gurney & Son, NY. Daniel Webster Bryant (1833-1875). Famous negro minstrel, member of “Sable Hamonists,” “Bryant’s Minstrels.” Manager as well. CDV. G. $85

J. Gurney & Son, NY. Paul Juignet, actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $45

J. Gurney & Son, NY. William Randolph Floyd (b. 1832); actor and manager. CDV. VG. $35

Photographic negative from Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E. Anthony, NY. Mrs. J.H. Allen, actress. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35

J. Gurney & Son, NY. John Nunan (1832-1870); Irish actor and comedian at Niblo’s Gardens, NY. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35

J. Gurney & Son, NY. Livingston R. Shewell (1833-1873), actor. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $35

J. Gurney & Son, NY. Ione Burke, singer and actress. CDV trimmed at bottom. VG. $20

T.R. Burnham, Boston. Edwin Forrest (1806-1872). Well-known American actor. CDV. VG. $50

Dana, New York. Large hard card-mounted photo (13″ x 7.25″). Charles Walter Couldock (1815-98), actor. One of the leading character actors of the 19th century, he was born in London and decided on a stage career after watching Macready perform. His professional debut occurred in 1836, then thirteen years later he came to America where playgoers first saw him in the title role of The Stranger. After four seasons at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, he embarked on a long tour as the old farmer Luke Fielding in The Willow Copse, a role he returned to as late as 1885. Couldock joined Laura Keene’s company in 1858 and later successfully played such roles as Iago and Hamlet. However, his most celebrated part was that of Dunstan Kirke, who unjustly banishes his daughter, in Hazel Kirke (1880). Clara Morris described the heavyset, curly-haired actor as looking like “the beau-ideal wealthy farmer” and noted, “The strong point of his acting was in the expression of intense emotion-particularly grief or frenzied rage. He was utterly lacking in dignity, courtliness, or subtlety. He was best as a rustic.” VG. $125

Falk, NY. Georgia Cayvan (1858-1906), actress. Born in Bath, Maine, this beautiful leading lady spent several years playing in Boston before succeeding Effie Ellsler as Hazel Kirke in New York in 1881. She immediately became a prominent actress, portraying the heroine in such famous comedies or dramas as The Professor (1881); The White Slave (1882), in which she spoke the once famous lines, “Rags are royal raiment when worn for virtue’s sake”; Siberia (1883); May Blossom (1884); The Wife (1887); The Charity Ball (1889); and Squire Kate (1892). An illness forced a premature retirement and led to her early death. VG. $125

ACT91. Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Edwin Booth. VG. $150

Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, published by E&HT Anthony. Charles John Kean (18 January 1811 – 22 January 1868), actor, was born at Waterford, Ireland, the son of the actor Edmund Kean. CDV. VG. $75

Edwin Booth Edwin Booth
ACT107. J. O’Kane, NY. CDV of Edwin Booth, Tragedian. G. $150

Verona Jarbeau, Actress by Sarony
ACT109. Sarony, NY. Verona Jarbeau, actress. Cabinet Card. E. $45

Isabel Evesson, actress by Sarony
ACT111. Sarony, NY. Isabel Evesson (1863-1914), American actress. Cabinet Card. VG. $25

Gracie Sharpe
ACT113. Howell, New York. Cabinet Card of Gracie Sharpe, actress. VG. $20

Wallack's Theatre Souvenir act123b
ACT123. J. Gurney & Son, NY. Wallack’s Theatre Souvenir. CDV. G. $125

ACT131. Cabinet Card by Warren, Boston of renowned actress Charlotte Cushman. With inscribed and signed slip “Best Wishes Miss Bours, Charlotte Cushman.” Cushman had many love affairs with well-known women of her day. She was also close friends with Secretary Seward. She led a most interesting and colorful life passing away at age 59. G. $125

ACT132. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Charlotte Saunders Cushman (July 23, 1816 – February 18, 1876) was an American stage actress. Her voice was noted for its full contralto register, and she was able to play both male and female parts. She lived intermittently in Rome, in an expatriate colony of prominent artists and sculptors, some of whom became part of her tempestuous private life. CDV. G. $75

ACT133. Mora, NY. William Henry Crane (30 April 1845 – 7 March 1928) was an American actor. He was born in Leicester, Massachusetts on 30 April 1845. He made his first appearance at Utica, New York, in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment in 1863. Later he had a great success as Le Blanc the Notary, in the burlesque Evangeline (1873). He made his first hit in the legitimate drama with Stuart Robson (1836–1903), in The Comedy of Errors and other Shakespearian plays, and in The Henrietta (1881) by Bronson Howard (1842–1908). This partnership lasted for twelve years, and subsequently Crane appeared in various eccentric character parts in such plays as The Senator and David Harum. In 1904 he turned to more serious work and played Isidore Izard in Business is Business, an adaptation from Octave Mirbeau’s Les Affaires sont les Affaires. In his 70s, Crane appeared in a number of films, notably in a reprise of his role in David Harum (1915). He also appeared in MGM’s Three Wise Fools, a film recently revived on Turner Classic Movies and is available on home video/DVD. Crane died on 7 March 1928 at the age of eighty-two in the Hollywood Hotel. In this cabinet card he is seen in “Our Bachelors.” VG. $75

ACT138. Sarony, NY. Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport (April 10, 1850 – September 26, 1898) was an Anglo-American stage actress. CDV. VG. $25

ACT148. Sarony, NY. Lilian Adelaide Neilson (3 March 1847 – 15 August 1880), born Elizabeth Ann Brown, was a British stage actress. VG. $20

ACT149. Mora, NY. Maude Branscombe’s scant resume on the stage performing “Ixion” and “H.M.S. Pinafore” hardly explains her significance in the history of celebrity. She was the first of the performing artists of the 19th century for whom good looks trumped every other ability; indeed, she was an inadequate dancer, inconsistent elocutionist, and insecure singer. But the camera loved her no end. She became in 1877 an international star on the strength of her photogenic face and figure, celebrated in gallery windows and in the cabinet card displays in city newsstands. The popularity of her image ushered in the era of the buffo artist–the woman of minor talent whose looks made them bankable. Though Jose Maria Mora discovered Branscombe and popularized her face, every metropolitan photographer paid to have her pose. Her income from sittings far exceeded her wages as featured attraction on the stage. While Lily Langtry and Lillian Russell may have generated more cabinet cards by the end of the 19th century, Branscombe for a five year period between 1877 and 1882 was the most ubiquitous of the professional beauties represented by photography. English by birth, she became an artist’s model in her teens, sitting for the Scottish painter McClean and Elliot & Fry’s photographic studio. Lord Alfred Paget secured for her a stage role as Ophelia, but the performance was not a success. Figuring she could find a place in an American extravaganza, she crossed the Atlantic where she experienced the sudden notoriety of being the “most beautiful woman in the world.” Her American engagements were never artistically significant–the burlesque, “Orpheus and Eurydice,” the burlesque, “Cinderella,” “Hamlet,” “The Sorcerer,” “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Branscombe’s photographic popularity began to wane in late 1881, as Mary Anderson’s image supplanted hers in the gallery cases. In 1882 she returned to England, played several months in “Manteaux Noire” at the Avenue Theater, before sinking into the stage netherworld of provincial pantomimes. In 1886 she married pianist Victor Lonuen. She surfaced briefly into public notice in 1895 when she took her employer, A.H. Gunn, to court for assault. She was working as a stenographer at the time. Born Clara Amelia Branscombe in Exeter in 1854, her father was the ‘Vicar Choral’ of Exeter Cathedral.  The place and year of her death are unknown. Her fame lives on, however. James Joyce immortalised her in ‘Ulysses,’ where she is described as an ‘actress and professional beauty.’ Trimmed at right side. CDV. G. $15

ACT158. Sarony, NY. Nina A. Varian was born 1 February 1856 in Italy. Her mother, singer Charlotte Bartlett Varian, traveled to Italy to “cultivate her voice” following the death of her husband Miles Beach Varian. While in Italy, she had a daughter, Nina, by a Mr. James. On returning to America, she married singer Edward Hoffman. Nina attended Ingham University in Le Roy, New York; Ingham was the first women’s college in New York State and the first chartered women’s university in the United States. According to the NY Times, “She early showed taste and natural powers for acting and entered upon her stage career quite young. Her successes have been more or less identified with those of the Union Square Company in NY. Recently, she had played leading roles with Edwin Booth, who especially praised her acting in Shakesperean drama.” She met a wealthy young man, Gardiner Wolcott, and they traveled to Europe where they were married in Paris. By 1880, in failing health, she sought to return to the United States, but passed away aboard a ship on 3 September 1880. Her husband, passed away on 2 November 1881, but his family chose not to follow his request to be buried next to Nina. CDV. VG. $20

ACT159. Gurney, NY. Unidentified actress. CDV. G. $10

ACT160. C.D. Fredricks & Co., NY. Kate Newton. Written on back “d. May 13, 1940 age 94.” 2-cent cancelled tax stamp on verso. CDV. VG. $20

ACT161. Warren’s, Boston, Mass. Written on back “Mrs. Pomroy.” VG. $10