Lot 594: Original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite profile portrait of Wagner by Elliott & Fry, circa 1877, signed below the image in purple ink, "Richard Wagner." Printed text on the reverse reads: "Elliot & Fry, 55, Baker Street, Portman Square, London, W." Light scattered foxing and soiling, mild silvering to darker areas of the image, and a light pencil notation to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. At the time of this portrait, Wagner was struggling financially and working on what would be his final opera, Parsifal. Exceptionally rare in this format, this is the first example of Wagner in this profile pose that we have offered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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