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GAVIN DHU HIGH - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED 12/25/1903 - HFSID 169681

Photograph Mount inscribed and signed on verso: "Gavin wishes Bro. Bill and Lina/A Merry Christmas/and/a Happy New Year./Dec. 25, 1903." B/w, 4¼x6½ overall, image 3¾x5½ (two surfaces).

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Reg. $420.00

Condition: Lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition Add to watchlist:
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THE JOURNALIST AND TENOR PERFORMS "WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME" AFTER THE SONG'S REVIVAL DURING THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR
 
GAVIN DHU.
Photograph Mount inscribed and signed on verso: "Gavin wishes Bro. Bill and Lina/A Merry Christmas/and/a Happy New Year./Dec. 25, 1903." B/w, 4¼x6½ overall, image 3¾x5½ (two surfaces). Captioned at lower margin: "Gavin Dhu,/(Tenor)/ 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' Whitney Opera Co." Tenor GAVIN DHU HIGH (1866-1936) sang operatic roles on stages across the country, including an appearance at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, ten years before he signed this photograph. He occasionally sang with his wife, the former Lillian Riely, a soloist with John Philip Sousa's band. Dhu was primarily a journalist. He had begun his career with "The San Francisco Report" and later worked for "The Oakland Tribune" before becoming the founder and managing editor of "The Los Angeles Record" and editor and publisher of "The Oakland Times" and the "Oakland Item". In 1896, Dhu moved to New York and began a long association with "The Evening Sun", serving in various capacities until his retirement in 1932. The accepted author of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1863), PATRICK S. GILMORE is believed to have dedicated his composition "To the Army and Navy of the Union". As Bandmaster of the New York National Guard's 22nd Regiment, he toured the U.S. to bring his popular Civil War song to the masses. The patriotic melody would also echo the hopes of Americans during the Spanish-American War (1898), with which it is now associated. The song's revival led to this performance by Dhu. Windowed to show verso. Lightly soiled on mount and on verso. Minor surface scratches at background of photo. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 11x17¾.

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