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FEODOR IVANOVICH CHALIAPIN - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1924 CO-SIGNED BY: FRANK WEBSTER - HFSID 156221

FEODOR CHALIAPIN Signature obtained at Queen's Hall in 1924 Signature: "F Chaliapin", 3¼x3½ album leaf. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower right: "F. Chaliapin/Queen's Hall/June 26th 1924.

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Reg. $350.00

Condition: lightly soiled
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FEODOR CHALIAPIN
Signature obtained at Queen's Hall in 1924
Signature: "F Chaliapin", 3¼x3½ album leaf. Ink note (unknown hand) at lower right: "F. Chaliapin/Queen's Hall/June 26th 1924." Also signed on verso: "Frank Webster" Ink note (unknown hand): "'The Grove'/Alexandra Palace/May 21st, 1924". FEODOR CHALIAPIN (1873-1938) was an acclaimed Russian operatic bass singer who lived as an émigré from 1921 (while insisting that he was not anti-Soviet). His signature character was Boris Gudunov. First heard on stage in Russia in 1894, he made a spectacular European debut at La Scala in 1901. While making Paris his home, he was a regular at New York's Metropolitan Opera for 8 years (1921-1929). Known for his naturalistic acting, Chaliapin starred in English, French and German versions of The Adventures of Don Quixote, filmed separately for each language rather than subtitled (1933). He published a memoir in 1932. One of his sons, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., became a successful Western character actor, while another, Boris, was an artist whose work appeared on the cover of Time magazine 414 times. Although there are other Queen's Halls in England, this signature was probably gathered at the famed Queen's Hall in London - destroyed in the German blitz of 1941 - where Chaliapin performed and recorded many times in the 1920s. English singer and actor FRANK WEBSTER, seen primarily on stage, made occasional film appearances from Lessons in Love (1921) to The Constant Husband (1954). He appeared on Broadway in George White's Scandals of 1923. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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