The Distinguished Society Star. Henrietta Chanfrau.


.This black and white print is a bust portrait of Henrietta Chanfrau. She wears a high-necked dress and a chain with a cross and drop earrings. The caption at the top of the print reads “Grand Opera House / Monday and Tuesday, March 3d and 4th / Matinee, Tuesday, 2 P. M. Monday “Parted” / Tuesday “The Woman of the People” / Matinee “Aurora Floyd.”

Henrietta Chanfrau (1837-1909) was an American actress, who was born Jeanette Davis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before her marriage to actor Frank Chanfrau (1824-1884), she used the stage name Henrietta Baker. She made her debut in Philadelphia as a vocalist in 1854 and went on to appear in dramatic roles in New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; and other cities. After giving up her stage career, she purchased the Long Branch News and became active in the Christian Science religious movement. An early member of the church, she worked as an assistant to Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. Henrietta Chanfau wrote a memoir titled Reminiscences of Mary Baker Eddy.

This lithograph was produced by Ledger Job Printing Office, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This firm comprised the printing division, including lithography, of the "Philadelphia Public Ledger" owned by George W. Childs. By 1863, the division printed playbills before managed by Joseph E. Jackson from 1869 to 1876, when it became a major printer of stock theatrical posters.

Date Made: n.d.

Depicted: Chanfrau, HenriettaMaker: Ledger Job Print

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: AdornmentTheater


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.3042Catalog Number: 60.3042Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 15 in x 14 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 36.83 cm


Record Id: nmah_325314

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