Marian Anderson

Category: Music - Classical
Status: Available
Ref: 13987
Price: £100.00
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Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson

American contralto.

Anderson, who sang both operas and spirituals, began her concert career in 1924. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution infamously refused to allow Anderson, a Black American, to perform in Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall. In response, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the D.A.R. and arranged for a concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Anderson, who debuted with New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1955, later became a permanent member of the company.

This a very rare early vintage black and white photograph (9" x 7.25"), signed and inscribed ("To Miss S.Michael, with very best wishes from Marian Anderson") in blue fountain pen ink across a light area of the image. The photograph has a few minor faults - one small area of thinning behind the central top and bottom edges (careless album removal?) and a tiny nick about halfway down the right edge. These have been stabilised to the reverse with  removable tape. Overall condition is good, given the age of this photograph.