ADELAIDE PHILLIPPS - AUTOGRAPH 01/21/1873 - HFSID 112400
Small sheet of paper signed by contralto Adelaide Phillipps in Marshfield, Massachusetts in 1873
Signature: "Adelaide Phillipps/Marshfield/Mass/Jan 21th 1873". 5¼x3½ ruled paper, mounted to a sheet of paper. Phillipps (1833-1882, born in Stratford-on-Avon, Great Britain) was an American singer who was considered to be the leading contralto in in America for many years. She debuted on stage in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842, two years after moving to the United States, and made her opera debut at the New York Academy of Music as Azuncena in Verdi's Il Trovatore. She performed until one year before her death in 1881, when failing health forced her to withdraw from show business. Lightly toned, foxed, soiled and creased. Upper right and lower left corners. Mounting remnants in corners. Paper loss and adhesive residue on verso (no show-through). Light dented and nicked at left and bottom edges. Folded in quarters and unfolded. Torn at top and right edges along fold. Otherwise in fine condition.
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