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POSING FOR PICTURES
HOW STAGE FAVORITES ACT BEFORE
THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S CAMERA.
Jannaacheck's Eccentricities -
'Poetry' Portraits at Any Sacrifice of Accuracy -
Lotta's Little Feet - Other Gossip from the Artist's Studio, 1882
'During the past week Mary Anderson has been posing before the camera. She was photographed in nearly all of the parts in which she appears on the stage. Miss Anderson is known as "as good subject," understands the art of dressing effectively, knows how to pose to the best advantage, and has learned just when expressions take best, not only with the instrument, but with the public. On the theory that for the purposes of the stage there can be no better advertisement than an attractive photograph, actresses and prima donnas almost without exception have now adopted that manner of introducing themselves to managers and the public in advance of their appearance. To some great stars and celebrities it is a source of revenue.
'The touch of the etcher is often required to do what nature has failed to do for some of the reigning celebrities of the stage. The majority of actresses own up that they want "a handsome picture" about all else, and something they assert that they don't care whether it looks like them or not. Accordingly, by retouching, as many of the lines indicating ages as can possibly be taken out of the face without destroying its character and expression are removed.
'Joseph Jefferson, who is a painter as well as an actor, poses his gun and keg in Rip Van Winkle to suit himself and likes a "moved" picture, claiming that it is more artistic. He will never have the head-rest, and holds that a picture in which the subject keeps perfectly still cannot have any really artistic quality. [Ernesto] Rossi, when sitting as Edmund Kean, had his man servant with him, and required the servant to go out where he could not see him before the camera. He recalled the servant by blowing a silver whistle, which he carried for the purpose.
'Miss Granger has a passion for jewelry, especially finger-rings. In this picture she wears a diamond necklace, which was the only part of the picture she was particular about. Miss Jeffreys Lewis is photographed in a magnificent Worth dress, which she likes her friends to know was "fitted by Mr. Worth himself." It is a part of her costume in La Belle Russe. Lizzie Harold Conly, who is to be the leading vocalist in the Conly Opera troupe, has been taken in some elegant costumes she is to wear in the new opera composed for her by Audran. Miss Kate Forsyth, John McCollough's leading lady, takes a fine picture, especially as Virginia; but the photograph which she most favors herself is the one in which she is taken in her bathing dress. Some elegant pictures have also been taken of Miss Pauline and Miss Post as the King and Queen in the Queen's Lace Handkerchief. Helen Vincent, who is to star next season in the characters played by Mary Anderson, has had her photographs taken in advance.'
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