Lot 957: Jazz singer and entertainer (1901–1993) who was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and recorded with the likes of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. Lovely vintage matte-finish 10.25 x 13.25 head-and-shoulders portrait of Hall in a patchwork hat, affixed to an original 13.25 x 16.75 mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in fountain pen, "To Miss Hammon, a sincere little Lady friend, Adelaide of Blackbirds, 1928." In very good condition, with several chips and small tears to edges (one just below the signature affecting the date). Hall starred on Broadway with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Blackbirds of 1928, which became the most successful all-black show ever staged on Broadway and made her a household name. A wonderful oversized portrait inscribed with the title of her breakthrough performance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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