HUBERT HERKOMER - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 03/07/1882 CO-SIGNED BY: ALBION W. TOURGEE, JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT - HFSID 285093
JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT, HUBERT VON HERKIMER and ALBION TOURGEE Three unrelated but interesting signatures on opposite sides of a sheet, dating from 1882-1892 Signatures: "Hubert Herkimer/April 7th 1882", "John S. Dwight/Boston, Mass.
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JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT, HUBERT VON HERKIMER and ALBION TOURGEE
Three unrelated but interesting signatures on opposite sides of a sheet, dating from 1882-1892
Signatures: "Hubert Herkimer/April 7th 1882", "John S. Dwight/Boston, Mass./July 8, 1892" and on verso: "I have the honor to be/Your Obt Srvt/Thorheim/Aug 30 1893", 7½x8¼. JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT (1813-1893) was ordained a Unitarian minister, but devoted himself to music teaching and criticism. Attracted to transcendentalism, he joined the Utopian community of Brook Farm as director of its school, teaching music and organizing theatrical events there. After the failure of the Brook Farm experiment, Dwight published Dwight's Journal of Music, a very highly regarded periodical of music criticism. Dwight is generally regarded as the most influential early American classical music critic. Bavarian-born British artist, architect, playwright and composer HUBERT VON HERKIMER (1849-1914) is best known for his portraits, whose subjects include Wagner, Ruskin and Lord Kelvin, and his painting The Last Muster (1874). Also an engraver and wood carver, Herkomer was a pioneer producer/director of British silent films, establishing his own studio in Bushey, where he founded a school of art in 1883. Herkomer, who was a Professor of fine art at Oxford from 1889-1894, was knighted in 1907. ALBION W. TOURGEE (1838-1905) served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Twice wounded severely and once captured and exchanged, he returned to combat at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. After the war he settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, actively supporting Reconstruction as a newspaper editor and superior court judge, receiving many death threats from the Ku Klux Klan. After the end of Reconstruction, he published two memoirs on the subject titled A Fool's Errand and Bricks Without Straw. During this period he lived in Mayville, New York, calling his estate Thorheim. Tourgee was legal counsel for the plaintiff in the landmark segregation case Plessy v Ferguson (1896), coining the phrase color-blind justice. The Supreme Court rejected Tourgee's arguments, enunciating the opposed doctrine of "separate but equal." In 1897, President McKinley appointed him a consular officer in Bordeaux, a post he held until an old Civil War wound finally killed him. Toned. Otherwise fine condition.
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