Lot 751: Uncommon and extremely desirable 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo of Wagner in elaborate formal attire circa 1870, signed in the lower border in ink, and additionally initialed and inscribed on the reverse, "To Mr. Charles Adams in remembrance of the Tannhauser performance in Vienna." Published by Franz Hanfstaengl of Munich. Some surface marks and a chipped corner of the albumen image, soiling to edges, and photographer's information faded but legible, otherwise fine condition; overall a very visually appealing piece. This photo was taken in 1870, marking the premiere of Wagner's classic opera The Valkyrie, the second in his cycle of four operas inspired by Norse mythology. The inscription on the reverse also marks an important event, the Vienna premiere of of his masterful opera Tannhauser in 1875. An uncommon format and wonderful pose of the famed composer, with links to two of his most beloved works.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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