Miss Maude Adams, (1872-1953)

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Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt
Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 7 x 5.7 cm )
signed: at left: "Clausen Coope/1902" inscribed on card within case: "Mr. J C C" printed on card within case: "BLACK, STARR & FROST / SUCCESSORS TO / BALL, BLACK & CO / JEWELLERS ADN SILVERSMITH[S] / 438 FIFTH AVENUE, COR. 39TH ST / NEW YORK / TELEPHON
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This miniature is alphabetically the first of the 285 miniatures representing "the beauties of NY Society" which were presented to N-YHS by the Residuary Legatees under the will of Peter Marie on March 25, 1905. According to his NY Times Obituary "He always with gentle insistence claimed the miniature or portrait of every new beauty he met. This was done with such rare, courtesy that the fair donor could not refuse" Legendary stage actress Maude Adams made her Broadway debut in 1888 and achieved greatest acclaim in the role of Peter Pan. As the "Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," she appeared in more than 1,500 performances and earned an astronomical $20,000 a month. Adams was rarely seen in public outside the theatre, and it is unlikely that Peter Marié knew her personally. He probably commissioned this miniature from a publicity photograph.
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Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group