|A hand-coloured cabinet card portrait showing the English-born actresses Miss Dickie Lingard (real name: Harriet Dunning) and her sister, Miss Alice Dunning Lingard, as they appeared at the Old California Theatre in 1878 in The Two Orphans by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugene Corman.
Alice Dunning was born in London in 1847, and she made her début there at the Grecian Theatre. She sang in public for the first time at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham. In 1866, when she was nineteen years old, she married William Horace Lingard, a music hall vocalist. Lingard brought her to America in 1868. Her sister, Harriet, born in 1850, accompanied them, making her New York début at the Theatre Comique in 1868 as Mary in A Regular Fix.
Photographed by Bradley and Rulofson of 429, Montgomery Street, San Francisco, identified recto in the lower margin and by the studio’s backplate on the reverse of the mount.
A neatly inked inscription verso identifies the original owner of the cabinet card, one John Winthrop Woodruff.
condition: The print and mount both show a little light surface dirt.
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