Lot 621: Washington-based photographer (1821-1882) who learned the craft while managing Mathew Brady's studio and achieved fame for his images of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. LS signed "Alex Gardner," three pages on two sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, May 9, 1866. Letter to strongman and gymnast Abner S. Brady inviting him to a benefit at Grover's Theatre in Washington to be held in his honor, signed at the conclusion by over forty Washington notables. In part: "We the undersigned, members & friends of your Gymnasium, in the high appreciation in which you are held by us, as well for your indefatigable zeal in promoting the physical well being of all who have placed themselves under your instruction & care, as for your uniformly genial and exemplary deportment as a citizen...to tender to you a complimentary benefit, and for this purpose have already engaged the building. We propose in addition to the giving a full Gymnastic Exhibition to vary the entertainment with choice music, to the end that our efforts may prove a decided success." In addition to Gardner, other signers include fellow photographer John Goldin, Lincoln's friend and bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon, Ford's Theatre stage manager Henry Clay Ford, Grant's military secretary Ely S. Parker, Grant's aide-de-camp P. T. Hudson, Mayor Richard Wallach, and future Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler. In very good condition, with intersecting folds and heavy dampstaining and soiling.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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