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JOHN SIMS REEVES - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 207143

JOHN SIMS REEVES The talented tenor signs his name in black ink for a fan Autograph Sentiment signed: "Your obedt. Sevt/J. Sims Reeves", in black ink, 4½x1¾, affixed to 5½x3¼ piece of paper. Illustration of Reeves, b/w, 1¼x3, affixed at right margin.

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Condition: lightly soiled
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JOHN SIMS REEVES The talented tenor signs his name in black ink for a fan Autograph Sentiment signed: "Your obedt. Sevt/J. Sims Reeves", in black ink, 4½x1¾, affixed to 5½x3¼ piece of paper. Illustration of Reeves, b/w, 1¼x3, affixed at right margin. Ink notes (unknown hand) at lower margin of mounting sheet. In full: "John Sims Reeves/Born 1821. Died [blank]/At 14 years of age he was appointed Organist and Di-/rector o the choir at North Cray Church in Kent. Made his debut at Drury Lane 1847./He is generally regarded as the first/tenor singer of his time." Vocalist John Sims Reeves (1818-1900) became one of England's leading tenors.  As mentioned in the biographical notes, Reeves, who could also play oboe, bassoon, violin and violincello, became the organist at North Cray Church at the age of 14. He made his first appearance as a baritone in Newcastle in 1839, but appeared as a tenor at Drury Lane (1841-1843). Reeves, who made his debut at La Scala as Edgardo in Lucia, returned to London in 1847 to begin an illustrious career on the English opera stage. After appearing in Lucia (Hector Berlioz, conductor) at Drury Lane in December of that year, Reeves later sang with Her Majesty's Theatre and appeared at the Handel Festival in 1857. Although he announced his retirement in 1882, the event actually did not take place until 1891, when Reeves gave a farewell concert at Albert Hall. Signature sheet is lightly soiled, 1-inch diagonal tear touches the "t" in obedt and the "Sev" in Sevt. Mounting sheet is lightly soiled, irregularly cut. Mounting remnants on verso (no show-through). Otherwise, fine condition.

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