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DAME CLARA ELLEN BUTT - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED TWICE - HFSID 156146

CLARA ELLEN BUTT 5x7 photo signed with her birth name and also with her married name Photograph signed twice: "Clara Kennerley Rumford/nee Clara Butt". Sepia, 5x7¼ overall, image 4x6, two surfaces. Signed on the photo after it was mounted on heavy photographers' board.

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CLARA ELLEN BUTT
5x7 photo signed with her birth name and also with her married name
Photograph signed twice: "Clara Kennerley Rumford/nee Clara Butt". Sepia, 5x7¼ overall, image 4x6, two surfaces. Signed on the photo after it was mounted on heavy photographers' board. English contralto Clara Ellen Butt (1872-1936) made her professional debut in 1892, praised by George Bernard Shaw and others. She sang in two operas, but was primarily a concert performer. She made many recordings, including some sung in a wheel chair during her long struggle with cancer. Her powerful voice earned the sobriquet, "Voice of the Empire," and admirers claimed her songs would carry across the English Channel. She performed by command for three monarchs: Victoria, Edward VIII and George V. Edward Elgar composed "Sea Pictures" with her in mind, and she was the first to perform several of his works. Butt married baritone Kennerley Rumford in 1900, and the couple gave many joint recitals. They had three children, two of whom died tragically. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1920 for her charity work during World War I. Irregular edges. Heavily stained. Residue and stains on verso.

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