Lot 338A: SIGNATURE SENTIMENT & DATE On 1 1/2 high X 8 inch wide Card Stock Of Noted American Actor Edwin Forrest

The Book Barn

April 26, 2018
Edgewater, FL, US

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Description: COLLECTIBLE SIGNATURE SENTIMENT & DATE On 1 1/2 high X 8 inch wide Card Stock Of Noted American Actor Edwin Forrest. Approximately 1 1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide card signed by early noted American Actor Joseph Jefferson. VERY EARY (1836) SIGNATURE. Boldly signed in ink: "CORDALITY WITH WHICH I AM 'TRULY YOURS'/N YORK(?) SEPTEMBER 16 1836/EDWIN FORREST"

"American actor Edwin Forrest (1806-1872) was noted for highly dramatic performances; William Winter, drama critic for the "New York Tribune," derisively described him as "a vast animal, bewildered by a grain of genius". The bulk of his career was between 1820, where he made his name in blackface roles, to 1852, and includes at least three credits on Broadway. Edwin Forrest, “was the first native-born, native-trained actor to become a star. He was the first actor who refused to subscribe to the nation’s cultural inferiority complex especially as related the Britain at the time. Forrest’s sentiments regarding the quality of American culture were reflected in multiple ways. Forrest is, unfortunately, also remembered for the Astor Place riot of 1849. He was a rival with English actor William MacReady, for reasons not well understood today. The two actors' styles were different and attracted different audiences; Forrest played for the poor & immigrants and those who could only afford the "cheap seats," MacReady for the wealthy in the "expensive seats" and boxes in the upper class neighborhoods. Despite the absurdity of their rivalry, a mob of Forrest supporters decided to storm New York City's "upscale" Astor Place Theatre, where MacReady was acting, on May 10, 1849. This sparked a riot that left 22 dead and 36 injured and had to be quelled by the militia, who actually fired their weapons into the mostly working class crowd. His reputation was further damaged when he filed for divorce in 1850. This swiftly turned into a media circus and climaxed when Forrest beat author Nathaniel Parker Lewis, who was ill at the time & could not defend himself, with a bull whip because Forrest claimed Parker was having an affair with his wife. The attack occurred in New York City's Washington Square Park on June 17, 1850. Forrest rarely worked after 1852, but improved his image by supporting actors and defending the rights of smaller theaters against theater conglomerates. A provision in his will created Philadelphia's Edwin Forrest Home, which operated until the 1980s, providing aid for actors & playwrights."

Age toned, laid down to a piece of cardboard. It has been folded in half. Overall Very Good Condition. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE.

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Condition Report: Very Good Condition
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