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JOHN HANDFORD RYLEY - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 04/11/1893 - HFSID 207189

JOHN HANDFORD RYLEY The English singer and actor pens his name and a sentiment on this card in iron gall ink Autograph Sentiment signed: “With much pleasure/ J. H. Ryley/ Ap. 11th. 93.”, in iron gall ink, 3¼x1¾.

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JOHN HANDFORD RYLEY The English singer and actor pens his name and a sentiment on this card in iron gall ink Autograph Sentiment signed: “With much pleasure/ J. H. Ryley/ Ap. 11th. 93.”, in iron gall ink, 3¼x1¾. John Handford Ryley (1841-1922) was a British singer and actor who was a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Although he frequently performed in duos with both his first wife Marie Barnam and then later on with his second wife Madeleine Lucette, Ryley is undoubtedly best remembered for playing the comic baritone roles of the Savoy Operas. Joining Richard D'Oyly Carte's Comedy-Opera Company Ltd. in 1878, Ryley had leading roles in all of the company's New York productions up until 1883. Ryley even wrote a one-act farce called Congenial Souls that the company added to their program the very same year he joined. Later on in his career, Ryley appeared in two films, Who Killed Simon Baird? (1916) and a silent film version of Hamlet (1913). Toned, especially at left edge. Staining near upper right-hand corner. Adhesive remnants on verso. Staining near top edge of verso (no show-through). Pencil notes on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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