Clay, John Cecil (illus).
New York. Harper's Weekly. 02-22 1902.
A striking print in full color, 15.75 x 11 inches, of stage star Mrs. Leslie Carter in the role of Madame Du Barry. The print has been mounted to foam core; a one inch repaired tear can be detected in the bottom margin of the print, barely touching the title. Several other modest imperfections in the margins of the print, none impacting on the image itself; overall good condition. Portrait by John Cecil Clay. Mrs. Leslie Carter was a famous stage star of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, schooled in acting by impresario and playwright David Belasco, who wrote the play "Du Barry" especially for Mrs. Carter. Carter, dubbed "The American Sarah Bernhardt," initially had come to public notice as a consequence of a scandalous divorce that unfolded in Chicago in 1889. She was the subject of a 1940 film, "The Lady With Red Hair," staring Miriam Hopkins. The print is an unusual and attractive piece of theatrical ephemera in good, clean condition. Item #48129