French Newspaper Illustration Albumen - Mme Judic

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Newspaper clipping from the Paris - Theatre in the Journal Hebdomadaire. With an albumen photo as illustration with the text. Newspaper measures approximately 10 x 14 with the image measuring 3-1/2 x 5. This was one of the earliest uses of albumen photographs as illustration of a text. Circa 1874; trimmed from original size.

Identified recto as 'Mme Judic'. Judic refers to a popular singer, Anna Judic, known in particular association with composer Jacques Offenbach. Madame Judic was a very popular vaudevillian and café-concert favorites whose renditions of French patriotic songs and sentimental romances were 'adored by the public.' (Paris: The Musical Kaleidoscope 1870-1925 by Elaine Brody (New York: 1987) p.101, 108) According to John Culme (Footlight Notes), Judic was in the mind of Offenbach when he composed Madame l’Archiduc (1874). The following reference is from Bizet and His World by Mina Curtiss (New York:1958), p. 389: Referring to the premiere of Bizet's opera Carmen on March 3, 1875, Curtiss says, 'A large part of the audience consisted of Meilhac and Halévy's devoted followers: Offenbach's stars, Hortense Schneider, Zulma Bouffar, and his latest discovery, Mme [Anna] Judic, who postponed her departure for St. Petersburg for the occasion.'

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