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HENRY WARD BEECHER - SIGNATURE(S) CO-SIGNED BY: ELLEN TERRY - HFSID 253195

 
HENRY WARD BEECHER and ELLEN TERRY
This album leaf was signed and dated by Beecher in 1887 and by Terry in 1884, both in Chicago, Illinois. Terry, a Shakespearean actress, also lifted a quote from The Merchant of Venice to describe Beecher as "The best conditioned & unwearied spirit in doing courtesies".
Signature: "Chicago July 13. 1877/Henry Ward Beecher" and "Ellen Terry:/Chicago: Jan 84:" Ellen added a quote from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, "The best conditioned & unwearied/spirit in doing courtesies/Merchant of Venice", with an arrow pointing to Beecher's signature. 7¼x4½ album leaf with rounded corners on right edge. BEECHER (1813-1887, born in Litchfield, Connecticut) was the brother of author Harriet Beecher Stowe. He graduated from Amherst in 1834 and attended Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati. After two pastorates in Indiana, he accepted a call in 1847 to the newly organized Plymouth Church (Congregational) in Brooklyn, N.Y. Beecher was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of woman suffrage and an advocate of the theory of evolution. Every important issue of the day was discussed on his platform, and he was one of the most influential speakers of his day. TERRY (1848-1928, born Alice Ellen Terry in Coventry, England) was called "the greatest actress that ever lived" by Sarah Bernhardt. Terry, who debuted at the Princess Theater in London on April 28, 1856, is best known for her Shakespearean roles over a 20-year partnership with actor Henry Irving. In 1878, Irving leased the Lyceum Theatre and engaged Ellen as his leading lady. After opening at the Lyceum on December 30, 1878 as Ophelia to Irving's Hamlet, Terry would play most of Shakespeare's heroines; both in the Lyceum and on tours throughout Great Britain and abroad. She made ten tours of the U.S., including seven with the Lyceum. In 1925, the year she made her final stage appearance, Terry was awarded the Dame of the British Empire. Lightly toned and stained, especially around edges, and creased. Circular stain in center of leaf, which touches both signatures. Random ink stains. Leaf was torn neatly from album on left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.


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HENRY WARD BEECHER
Born: June 2, 1813 in Litchfield, Connecticut
Died: March 8, 1887 in New York City, New York





ELLEN TERRY
Born: February 27, 1848 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 21, 1928 in Small Hythe, Kent, England, United Kingdom




Film Credits
1995 Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (Other), 1922 The Bohemian Girl (Performer), 1922 Potter's Clay (Performer), 1920 Pillars of Society (Performer), 1919 Her Greatest Performance (Performer), 1918 Victory and Peace (Performer), 1918 The Invasion of Britain (Performer), 1918 The Invasion of Britain (in person), 1918 Denny from Ireland (Performer), 1897 Miss Ellen Terry, Afternoon Tea (in person), 1897 Miss Ellen Terry Gathering Flowers (in person), 1897 Miss Ellen Terry at Her Window (in person)

Theatre Credits
Captain Brassbound's Conversion - Performer (January 28, 1907 - March 1907), The Good Hope - Performer (January 28, 1907 - March 1907), Nance Oldfield - Performer (January 28, 1907 - March 1907), #tcbgn#Charles I - Performer#tidbgn#1240#tidend##tcend# - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), #tcbgn#The Merchant of Venice - Performer#tidbgn#7023#tidend##tcend# - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), The Bells - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), Waterloo - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), Madame Sans-Gene - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), The Lyons Mail - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), Nance Oldfield - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), Louis XI - Production (October 21, 1901 - Closing date unknown), Nance Oldfield - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), The Amber Heart - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), Robespierre - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), The Merchant of Venice - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), The Bells - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), Waterloo - Production (March 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown), Robespierre - Performer - Production (October 31, 1899 - November 1899), The Amber Heart - Production (October 30, 1899 - Closing date unknown), The Merchant of Venice - Production (October 30, 1899 - Closing date unknown), The Bells - Production (October 30, 1899 - Closing date unknown), Waterloo - Production (October 30, 1899 - Closing date unknown), Nance Oldfield - Production (October 30, 1899 - Closing date unknown), Faust - Performer (March 1888 - Closing date unknown), Charles I - Performer (October 30, 1883 - Closing date unknown)


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