John Singer Sargent -- American painter
The Players Club, New York City
Oil on canvas
222.3 x 156.8 cm (87 1/2 x 61 3/4 in.)
From: F. Clason Kyle
(c k firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004
I would very much like to see the portrait of Edwin Booth that Sargeant painted. It is in the Players [Club] in N.Y.. and Mr. Booth "played" the Springer Opera House here in Columbus in 1876.
The Players Club at No. 16 Gramercy Park (1845). is located at the former home of Edwin Booth
* * *The Players, a private theatrical club, has been in existence since New Year's Eve 1888. The mansion was purchased by actor Edwin Booth, and transformed by architect Stanford White into a clubhouse. Many of Edwin Booth's masks and costumes are displayed in the main room; the 3rd floor rooms, where he lived out his last days, are furnished as they were when he died in 1893 [age 59].
In 1913, The Players' Library was used to form the Actors' Equity Association. Presidents and members of The Players have included Edwin Booth, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), John Barrymore, Eugene O'Neill, José Ferrer, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Helen Hayes, Marian Seldes, Prof. Irwin Corey, Wendy Wasserstein, Edward Albee, Dominic [Corrado Soprano] Chianese, James Earl Jones, Paul Robison, Jr., Kevin Kline, Joyce Maynard, Walter Cronkite, Jane Pauley, Tommy Lee Jones.
By: Natasha Wallace
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