|A cabinet portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, seen here en civil.
A shameless self-publicist throughout her long career, Sarah Bernard was photographed time and again by all the best photographers in the world, invariably demanding to be paid up front, rather than accepting a percentage of the profits. At the same time, of course, she was wielding photography to foster her fame, skilfully manipulating her public image. As famous a personality as she was an actress, the public were avid for details of her temper tantrums and her violent feuds, not to mention her many love affairs. Her patriotism made a French national emblem. When she died in the arms of he only child Maurice on March 26, 1923, her entire country was grief-stricken.
Photographed by William and Daniel Downey of London and Newcastle.
condition: The print is in excellent condition, despite a few imperfections in the area of the background.
The mount shows a stain in the lower margin, but is otherwise immaculate.
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