Profile Portrait of Edward Johnson (1878-1959)
Graphite on card with printed verso
Overall: 5 1/4 x 3 1/16 in. ( 13.3 x 7.8 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "Wm.H.Walker / Feb 20/22" inscriptions: top: "'Eddie' / At Dutch Treat Club" and bottom: "Edoardo Di Giovanni / Edward Johnson / Metropolitan Opera Co. Tenor"
Signed and inscribed at lower right in graphite: "Wm. H. Walker / Feb 20/22"; "'Eddie' (at Dutch Treat Club / Metropolitan Opera Co. Tenor."; signed twice by sitter: "Eduardo Di Giovanni / Edward Johnson"
Tenor and opera impresario Edward Johnson was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and came to New York to study music in 1899. He later studied in Italy with Vincenzo Lombardi, the teacher of Enrico Caruso. Using the name Edoardo di Giovanni, he performed in Italy for several years before returning to the U.S. in 1919. Between 1922 and 1935 he sang twenty-three roles in two hundred and eight performances with New York's Metropolitan Opera. He became the company's general manager in 1935.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
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