VESTA (LADY DE FRECE) TILLEY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 161311
VESTA TILLEY Shown in one of the male impersonations she made famous, a rare signature on a 3¾x5½ image Photograph signed: "Vesta Tilley". Sepia, 3¾x5½. Captioned: "Miss Vesta Tilley".
Sale Price $180.00
Shown in one of the male impersonations she made famous, a rare signature on a 3¾x5½ image
Photograph signed: "Vesta Tilley". Sepia, 3¾x5½. Captioned: "Miss Vesta Tilley". Vesta Tilley (1864-1952) was the stage name of Matilda Powles, also known after 1919 as Lady de Frece. She starred on music hall stages from an early age as a male impersonator, first singing sentimental songs, and later giving comic characterizations of foppish and otherwise ridiculous men. She also starred as principal boy in stage pantomimes. The patriotic Tilley sold war bonds and visited hospitals during World War I, and often made recruiting pitches from the stage. She retired in 1920, fearful that her stage career might hinder her husband Walter de Frece, a Conservative Member of Parliament knighted in 1919. Corners slightly worn. Fine condition.
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