Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 368

Price Realized: $ 1,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
(THEATRE.) The White Slave by Bartley Campbell. Poster, 34 x 15 3/8 inches, linen-backed, depicting a highly stereotyped young black man, standing on two black children while holding a poster with revues of the production. New York, circa 1885-1890

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A rather humorous poster for a very serious play. Bartley T. Campbell (1843-1888) was a popular American playwright of the latter 19th century. His theatrical career began in 1871 with the play "Through Fire," which ran for four weeks and motivated him to quit journalism. His other plays include: "Peril," "The Galley Slave," The White Slave," "Siberia," and his final play, "Paquita." Campbell was declared insane in September 1886 and died in the State Hospital for the Insane in Middletown, New York in 1888.