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Sunday, June 14, 2015

JENNIE WINSTON: INTERCONTINENTAL COMIC OPERA ACTRESS




bmarshphd posted: " The top cabinet card features early theatre actress, Jennie Winston. Unfortunately, biographical information concerning Ms. Winston appears to be sparse, and further research is necessary. An 1881 publication reveals that Jennie Winston wa"

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JENNIE WINSTON: INTERCONTINENTAL COMIC OPERA ACTRESS

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The top cabinet card features early theatre actress, Jennie Winston. Unfortunately, biographical information concerning Ms. Winston appears to be sparse, and further research is necessary. An 1881 publication reveals that Jennie Winston was a native of Scotland and moved to Australia to join W. S. Lyster's Italian Opera company. Her tenure with this company was seven years. She next went ot America under engagement to "Mr Maguire", for whom she worked for one season's duration. She then formed her own traveling opera company which journeyed to the western United States and British Columbia. The "Dramatic News" described Winston as "unsurpassed as a comic-opera artist by anyone in this country". The photographer of this portrait was the studio belonging to Gilbert & Bacon. This studio was well known for their quality work as well as their work with local and visiting celebrities. To view other photographs by this studio, click on the category of "Photographer: Gilbert & Bacon".
The second photograph, also by Gilbert & Bacon, captures a costumed Jennie Winston playing the mandolin. Note the backdrop  used in this photograph. The backdrop was an excellent choice for the photograph as it is compatible with Ms. Winston's costume. It was also a good choice technically; the actress does realistically appear to be standing on a winding stone road.
The third photographic portrait features a sultry looking Jennie Winston, and is by celebrated photographer, Marc Gambier (1838-1900). The fourth cabinet card portrait was also photographed by Gambier. Miss Winston is in costume for an unnamed theatrical performance. She is acting in the portrait. Note her provocative and coy appearance. Gambier was born and educated in Paris, France. At the age of 19, he came to America for a very short stint of time. He returned to France and became a student of the great painter, Le Creton. Subsequently, he became a student of another great painter, Camino. He then returned to America and for five years, studied and worked under esteemed photographer, Sarony (view Sarony's photographs by clicking on the category "Photographer: Sarony"). He then launched his own photography business in New York City. He divided his time between his first love, painting, and his business of taking and selling photographs. Gambier was known as a great historical painter. He was a veteran of the French Army and while in the service, he sketched and painted several important battles. Research reveals that Gambier was listed in the 1880 US census. He was forty-one years old and living in New York City with his family. He is listed as living with his wife Emilie (age 28), daughters Louise (age 10) and Emilie (age 7), and son M. L. (age 2). Also in the residence was a young woman (age 25) who worked as a servant. Gambier was known for the many theatrical photographs he produced as well as for selling postage stamp sized portrait photographs, that people attached to their letters and postcards.
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bmarshphd posted: " A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in this cabinet card photograph taken by Jacob C. Banta of Watertown, New York. The woman is wearing her hair up and a serious expression as she stands by an open ornate gate. Mr Banta can be found in the 18"

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PORTRAIT OF AN ATTRACTIVE WOMAN IN WATERTOWN, NEW YORK

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A pretty young woman poses for her portrait in this cabinet card photograph taken by Jacob C. Banta of Watertown, New York. The woman is wearing her hair up and a serious expression as she stands by an open ornate gate. Mr Banta can be found in the 1880 US census. He was born around 1832 and lived with his wife Sarah and 21 year-old daughter Lillie in Watertown. At the time of the census he was working as a photographer and local business directories indicate that he kept that employment until at least 1891.
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bmarshphd posted: " The pretty and well dressed woman featured in this cabinet card portrait is noted soprano, Etta Miller Orchard. Her photograph appears in "The International (1901)". In addition, she is mentioned in "The Musical Courier (1902)" for her performance in "

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PORTRAIT OF ETTA MILLER ORCHARD: NOTED SOPRANO

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The pretty and well dressed woman featured in this cabinet card portrait is noted soprano, Etta Miller Orchard. Her photograph appears in "The International (1901)". In addition, she is mentioned in "The Musical Courier (1902)" for her performance in a Good Friday service at the Marble Collegiate Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Interestingly the photographer of the image seen in "The International" is Aime Dupont, the same photographer who created the portrait seen above. Dupont is a well known New York City photographer who took many photographs of celebrities. To view more of his images and to learn more about him, click on the category "Photographer: Dupont". The cabinet card is stamped on the reverse with the name "Charles L. Ritzmann". Ritzmann was a well known collector and retailer of celebrity cabinet cards. To view more of Ritzmann's photographs, click on the category "Charles Ritzmann Collection".
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