HENRY WARD BEECHER - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: ELLEN TERRY - HFSID 253195
Sale Price $234.00
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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