Sitter: Sarah Bernhardt (stage name), Madame Aristides Damala née Sarah Marie Henriette Bernhardt (1844-1925).
Biog: French actress and manager ; m. (1881) Aristides Damala, actor (stage name: Jacques Damala) (1855-1889).
Mucha, Sarah Bernhardt:
Date: June 1899.
Occasion: French version, by Eugene Morand and Marcel Schwab, of Shakespeare's "Hamlet", The Adelphi Theatre, 12 June 1899.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Descr: 3/4 L standing, with book.
Costume Designer: -Costume Supplier: -
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 2 [note published image by Lafayette as a mezzotint cabinet card for which negative does not exist].
All images on this site are copyright V&A. For further information on using or requesting copies of any images please contact the V&A Picture Library: firstname.lastname@example.org including the URL of the relevant pageProvenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: S. Bernhardt, My Double Life, London, 1907; The Times, 27 March 1923, p 13f-14c; R. Brandon, Being Divine: A Biography of Sarah Bernhardt, London, 1991.
Role: The Era, 17 June 1899, p 13a.
Occasion: The Era, 17 June 1899, p 13a.
Costume Designer: -
Costume Supplier: -
Reproduced: St. Paul's, 1 July 1899, front page; (version) The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 24 June 1899, p 661; (version) Madame, 24 June 1899, p 225; (version) St. Paul's, 1 July 1899, p 24; (version) St. Paul's, 1 July 1899, p 25.
Additional Information: 9 poses of this session have been registered for copyrights (see: PRO Kew, London, Copy 1/440, under the date: 30 June 1899).