*great Actress Fanny Davenport 1875 Napoleon Sarony Cabinet Photo*
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*great Actress Fanny Davenport 1875 Napoleon Sarony Cabinet Photo*:
A rare original Napoleon Sarony sepia cabinet photo circa 1875 of the great American actress Fanny Davenport in costume. Light wear otherwise good. An amazing early theatrical image, and a stunning pose. See Fanny Davenport and Napoleon Sarony's extraordinary biographies below.
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Fanny Lily Gipsey Davenport(April 10, 1850 – September 26, 1898) was an style="margin: 0.5em 0px; color: rgb(32, 33, 34); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: 400; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The eldest child ofEdward Loomis DavenportandFanny Elizabeth (Vining) Gill Davenport,Fanny Lily Gypsey Davenport was born on April 10, 1850 inLondon.:233
Most of her siblings were actors, includingHarry Davenport. She was brought to the United States in 1854and educated in theBostonpublic schools.At age 7, she appeared atBoston's Howard Athenæumas Metamora's child,but her real debut occurred in February 1862 when she portrayed King Charles inFaint Heart Never Won Fair LadyatNiblo's Garden.
In February 1862, she appeared in New York City atNiblo's Gardenat the age of 12 as the King of Spain inFaint Heart Never Won Fair Lady.
From 1869 to 1877, she performed inAugustin Daly's company;and afterwards, with a company of her own, acted with especial success her leading man beingRobert B. Mantell,Cleopatra(1890), and similar plays. She took over emotional Sardou roles that had been originated in Europe bySarah Bernhardt. Her last appearance was at the Grand Opera House in Chicagoon March 25, 1898, shortly before her death.
Her first husband was Edwin B. Price, an actor. They married on July 30, 1879, and divorced on June 8, 1888. On May 18, 1889, she married her leading man,Melbourne MacDowell. Both marriages were childless.
Davenport died September 26, 1898, from an enlarged heart, at her summer home inDuxbury, Massachusetts.
Napoleon Sarony(March 9, 1821 – November 9, 1896)was He was a highly popular and greatportraitphotographer, most known for his portraits of the stars of late-19th-century Americantheater. His son,Otto Sarony, continued the family business as an accomplished theater and film star photographer.Life
Sarony was born inQuebecin 1821 and moved toNew York Cityaround 1836. He worked as an illustrator forCurrier and Ivesbefore joining withJames Majorand starting his own lithography business, Sarony & Major, in 1843. In 1845, James Major was replaced by Henry B. Major in Sarony & Major and it continued operating under that name until 1853. From 1853 to 1857, the firm was known as Sarony and Company, and from 1857 to 1867, as Sarony, Major & Knapp. Sarony left the firm in 1867 and established a photography studio at 37Union Square, during a time when celebrity portraiture was a popular fad.Photographers would pay their famous subjects to sit for them, and then retain full rights to sell the pictures. Sarony reportedly paid famed stage actressSarah Bernhardt$1,500 to pose for his camera, the equivalent of more than $20,000 today.In 1894 he published his portfolio of prints titled, "Sarony's Living Pictures."Associations
Included among the thousands of people that came into Sarony's world were many distinguished people, such as American Civil War General, William T. Sherman, and American authorsSamuel Clemens(Mark Twain),Lew WallaceandOscar Wilde.William T. Sherman
In 1888, Sarony photographedWilliam T. Sherman, three years before he died in 1891. Sarony's photograph would be used as a model for the engraving of thefirst Sherman Postage stamp.Samuel Clemens; the Lotos, Salmagundi and Tile Clubs
Sarony took numerous photographs ofSamuel Clemens(Mark Twain).Clemens and Sarony were in the same social circles and shared many mutual acquaintances. They both belonged to theLotos Clubin New York City. Sarony helped in the founding of theSalmagundi Club, an association of artists, and was also a member of the Tile Club, whose members included well-known authors and journalists. In 1883, English authorWilkie Collinsdedicated his anti-vivisectionbookHeart and Scienceto Sarony. In 1884, Sarony was a participant in an April Fool's joke played on Clemens whenGeorge Washington Cablearranged for 150 of Clemens's friends to write to him simultaneously, requesting his autograph. As part of the joke, no stamps or envelopes were to be provided for a reply.Oscar Wilde
One of Sarony's portraits of writer Oscar Wilde became the subject of aU.S. Supreme Courtcase,Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony111 U.S. 53 (1884), in which the Court upheld the extension ofcopyrightprotection to photographs. Sarony sued Burrow-Giles after it used unauthorized lithographs ofOscar Wilde No. 18in an advertisement, and won a judgment for $610 (the modern equivalent of just over $12,000) that was affirmed onappealby theSecond Circuit Court of Appealsand the Supreme Court. Sarony later photographed the Supreme Court itself, to celebrate the centennial of the federal judiciary in 1890.Family
Sarony was married twice. His first wife died in 1858; his second, Louie, reportedly shared his tendency towards eccentricity and preference for outlandish dress. She rented elaborate costumes that she wore during her daily afternoon walk throughWashington Square, wearing them once before returning them.
His brother,Oliver François Xavier Sarony, was also a portrait photographer, working primarily in England, and who died in 1879. Napoleon's son Otto (1859–1903) continued the family name for a few years until his own early death in 1903.
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