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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 614

updated
Saturday, 20 June 2009

FOOTLIGHT NOTES
images of theatre and other popular entertainment
1850s-1920s

Maud Branscombe

a cabinet portrait of the much-photographed English actress,
Maud Branscombe (fl. 1870s/1880s)

(photo: Mora, New York, circa 1880)

'. . . Some time before Miss Anderson became a photographic beauty Miss Maude [sic] Branscombe, probably the most photographed woman who ever lived, was celebrated all over the world because of her portraits.
'Miss Branscombe was a pretty woman, but she was hardly the beauty her portraits made her out to be: she was, however, a fine photographic subject.
'From almost all her pictures - for she was seldom photographed full-length - you got the impression that Miss Maude Branscombe was a very big, tall woman.
'As a matter of fact, she was not only very short, but very slight altogether.'
(The Pelican, London, Wednesday, 1 September 1914, p. 3b)

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