Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 490

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
A SCARCE EARLY AMERICAN POSTER (MINSTRELSY.) The Original Nashville Students. Chromolithographic poster, 27 x 41 inches, with an inset "Opera House. Two Nights, Feb. 1& 2, 1886," 14 x 5-1/2 inches, printed on pink paper; signs of marginal damp-staining, light edge-wear; professionally conserved, matted and framed. Chicago: Goes and Quensel Litho., 1886

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H.B. Shearle's Original Nashville Students group was one of two groups touring during the late 1880's, and by far the more successful of the two. Curiously, neither was comprised of students, and neither had any connection with Nashville or Fisk. The Manager and "impresario," H.B. Thearle was a first class showman who knew how to take full advantage of the suggestion of the noted Fisk Jubilee Singers. In 1890, Thearle added such extravaganzas as The Siege of Sebastopol" and the Storming of Vicksburg" to the company's repertoire. Thearle claimed the success of his group was due to "retaining the old Southern style and giving a truthful representation of the Negro as he appeared in the days of slavery."