Wagner, Richard (1813 – 1883)

An exceptionally rare signed 2″ X 4″ carte-de-visite photograph by Richard Wagner. Photograph by Elliott & Frey of Baker Street, London. The composer is shown in a profile pose, a somewhat contemplative expression on his face. Signed boldly to the lower border in fountain pen ink. Together with a similar (unsigned) photograph of Cosima Wagner. Some age toning, otherwise in very fine condition. A pencil date to the reverse of each photograph, 1877. From the collection of Edward Dannreuther, founder of the London Wagner Society and close friend of the composer. Presumably this photograph was taken (and signed) on the occasion of Wagner’s visit to London in 1877 for the London Wagner Festival, an occasion for which Dannreuther did much promotion. A superb and rare item.