Melandri - Sarah Bernhardt, about 1879

Melandri (active Paris, 1860 - 1883)

Sarah Bernhardt as the Queen in 'Ruy Blas' by Victor Hugo, about 1879

Gelatin silver print, 16.5 x 10.8 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

P27w80

Object Case

Modern Actors Case

Provenance

Possibly a gift from the actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) to Isabella Stewart Gardner in the early 20th century.

Marks

Inscribed in pen in Isabella Stewart Gardner's hand (recto bottom center): The Queen in Ruy Blas- Bernhardt
Printed in red ink (recto, bottom): Melandri Paris
Printed in red ink (verso, center): Melandri / 19, Rue Clauzel


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Commentary

Isabella Stewart Gardner loved music and theater and was a patron of the performing arts. She befriended musicians and actors and memorialized them in the fifteen glass-topped cases she installed in her museum's galleries. One of her theatrical friends was French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). Isabella displayed this photograph of her in the costume of the Queen in the play 'Ruy Blas' by Victor Hugo in the Modern Actors Case in the Long Gallery.

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