Carte-de-visite portrait.


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Carte-de-visite portrait. A head-and-shoulders vignette view of Payne in formal attire, looking off towards the left-hand side of the frame. Printed identification on the mount beneath the image: "JOHN HOWARD PAYNE, The author of 'Home, sweet Home' Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861, by E. Anthony, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the U.S. for the So. District of New York." Imprint on the verso of "Published by E. Anthony, 501 Broadway, N.Y." Glue stains on reverse with remains of prior mounting. Minor wear, else very good to near fine.

John Howard Payne (1791-1852), American actor and playwright. Credited with writing, adapting, or translating over sixty plays, Payne was the first American playwright to achieve international recognition. His first play was produced when he was fourteen. He began acting at seventeen and while in Europe collaborated with Washington Irving on several plays, including Charles the Second (1824) and Richelieu (1826). Payne is best known for having written the words to the song "Home, Sweet Home" for his opera Clari, or The Maid of Milan (1823). He aggressively campaigned for Native American rights, particularly on behalf of the Cherokees, and served as U.S. consul in Tunisia from 1842 to 1845 and 1851 to 1852. (Item ID: 12603)

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