Cabinet card, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4. Period Pencil id on verso " Maggie Mitchell . Dana NY photographer's imrint. wonderful tonality, contrast and clarity.Mount exhibits some minor light wear and use, overall Fine cond.
Maggie Mitchell (1832-1918) began her stage career with walk-on roles while still a child. Mitchell achieved national celebrity in 1861, when she appeared in the title role of Fanchon, the Cricket—a light, sentimental comedy adapted from a story by George Sand. Her sprightly performance captivated audiences and critics alike and brought her overnight stardom. Mitchell continued to play the role of Fanchon for the next twenty-five years and counted Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow among her many admirers. Openly sympathetic to the Confederate cause, she became quite close to J.W. Booth and, in fact, sponsored friends and beli eved, by many, one of his lovers.