The Strand Magazine/Volume 3/Issue 15/Portraits of Celebrities

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The Strand Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 15 edited by George Newnes
Portraits of Celebrities at Different Times of their Lives.

Marie Roze, Francis Richard Charteris, John Sims Reeves, Umberto I of Italy, Princess Margherita of Savoy, Edward Terry Pablo Sarasate

MADAME MARIE ROZE.


M ARIE ROZE was born in Paris, where her father, M. Pousin, a well-known lawyer, had married a daughter of Count Roze de la Haye. From her earliest years she showed a passion for music, and at thirteen was sent, by the advice of the great Auber, to the Conservatoire, where she speedily gained the highest honours, and was selected to sing before the Emperor. At seventeen she first appeared in opera, singing the part of Hérold's Marie, and was soon the most popular singer and actress in Paris. During the siege of Paris by the Prussians she remained in the city, turned her house into a hospital, and organised numerous concerts for the relief of the wounded. The kindness of heart thus displayed is most characteristic of Madame Marie Roze, who is ever ready to put her great gifts at the service of those whose charitable enterprises are crippled for want of necessary funds. Two years later she first appeared in London, with a success which has continued to increase from that day to the present time. In 1877 she married Colonel Mapleson.

THE EARL OF WEMYSS.

Born 1818.

Age 25.
From a Drawing by James Swinton.
Age 45.
From a Photograph.


Present Day.
From a Photo. by Fradelle & Young.


L ORD WEMYSS, at the age of twenty-five, when his title was Lord Elcho, had just taken his degree at Oxford, and had been elected to represent East Gloucestershire in the House of Commons, which constituency he continued to represent until, in 1846, he became a convert to Sir Robert Peel's Free Trade policy and resigned his seat. In the year following he was returned for Haddingtonshire as a Liberal-Conservative, and remained member for that constituency until the death of his father, in 1883, removed him to the House of Lords. Lord Wemyss has always played a very independent part in politics. When Lord Elcho, he was very widely and popularly known through his connection with the Volunteer movement and the National Rifle Association. He is Colonel of the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers, of which popular regiment he was the founder. He frequently presided over the Wimbledon meetings, and the portraits of him at different ages which we here present cannot fail to be extremely interesting to every Volunteer in the United Kingdom, not only on account of the great obligations which the Service owes to his energy, but as the presenter of the Elcho Shield.

SIMS REEVES.

Born 1822.

Age 22.
From a Drawing.
Age 27.
From a Drawing.
Age 50.
From a Photograph.
Present Day.
From a Photo. by Barraud.


M R. JOHN SIMS REEVES, the son of a musician, was born at Shooter's Hill, and at the age of fourteen obtained the post of organist at North Cray Church. At seventeen he made his first appearance on the stage, as Count Rudolpho in "Sonnambula,' at Newcastle. His voice was then a baritone; but by 1847, when he made his first appearance in London as Edgar in "The Bride of Lammermoor" (in which character our second portrait shows him), his voice had become the pure high tenor of delicious quality which was to become famous over all the world.

THE KING OF ITALY.

Born 1844.

Age 18.
From a Photo. by Duroni, Milan.
Age 34.
From a Photo. by Mauri, Naples.
Age 24.
From a Photo. by Le Lieure, Turin.
Age 47.
From a Photo. by Alessandri, Rome.


K ING HUMBERT IV. at eighteen had already attended his father through the War of Independence, and obtained an early insight into political and military life. At twenty-two he was present at the disastrous battle of Custozza, where he is said to have performed prodigies of valour. At twenty-four, at which age our second portrait represents him, he married, at Turin, the charming lady whose portraits we give on the opposite page. At thirty-four, the age of our third portrait, he succeeded to the throne, on the death of his father, January 9, 1878. In the same year, as he was entering Naples, a man named Giovanni Passanante rushed up to the royal carriage, and stabbed his Majesty with a poniard; the wound, however, fortunately proving slight.

THE QUEEN OF ITALY.

Age 14.
From a Photo. by Le Lieure, Turin.
Age 28.
From a Photo. by Borelli, Rome.
Age 17.
From a Photo. by Le Lieure, Turin.
Present Day.
From a Photo. by Alessandri, Rome.


T HE Princess Marguerite Marie Thérèse Jeanne of Savoy, whose portraits at different ages are here presented to our readers, is the daughter of the late Duke Ferdinand of Genoa, brother of King Victor Emanuel, and became Queen of Italy by her marriage with her cousin Humbert, on April 22, 1868. The Queen of Italy, like our own Princess of Wales, is one of the most beautiful women in her kingdom, and the comparison is still further borne out by the fact that she has won, not only the admiration of the people by her grace and beauty, but their secure affection by her amiable and kindly nature.

EDWARD TERRY.

Age 10.
From a Daguerrotype.
Age 27.
From a Photo. by Lock & Whitfield, Brighton.
Age 32.
From a Photo. by Lombardi.
Present Day.
From a Photo. by Alfred Ellis.


M R. EDWARD O'CONNOR TERRY, who was born in London, made his first appearance on the public stage at the age of nineteen, when he immediately scored great successes in the provinces as Asa Trenchard to Sothern's Lord Dundreary, and as Old Pete in "The Octoroon." At twenty-three he made his first appearance before a London audience at the Surrey Theatre, and a year later he appeared at the Lyceum in the character of the First Gravedigger in "Hamlet." At thirty-two, the age at which our third portrait represents him, he became a member of the Gaiety Company, in which his inimitably droll personification of the characters of burlesque did much to give that Company its unrivalled name. In 1885 he left the Gaiety, and at the present time, as all playgoers are aware, possesses a theatre of his own in the Strand, at which is to be seen nightly some of the best comedy-acting of the day.

SENOR SARASATE.

Born 1844.

Age 7.
From a Photo. by R. Ribas, Palma de Mallorca.
Age 32.
From From a Photo. by Bergamasco, St. Petersburg.


Age 47.
From a Photo. by Elliott & Fry.


M ARTIN MELITON SARASATE was born at Pampeluna, came to France as a child, and at the age of twelve entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he became the favourite pupil of Alard, and gained the first prizes for violin playing. When about sixteen he took up the career of a concert player, in which the extreme beauty of his execution, aided doubtless by his singularly striking appearance, ensured his immediate success. No violinist has travelled more than he; he has played in every important city in Europe and America, and is well known to London audiences. His distinguishing characteristics are not so much fire, force, and passion, though of these he has an ample store, as purity of style, charm, flexibility, and extraordinary facility. He sings on his instrument with the utmost feeling and expression, and without any of the affectation which robs the playing of many violinists of all charm. It is a disputed point among musicians whether Señor Sarasate or Herr Joachim is to be considered the greatest violinist of the age.