Album with signatures, dedications, phrases of music, and visual art for Miss Eugenie Smeenk, dated 1903-1921.
26 signed contributions, partly pasted in, partly written or drawn directly on the page. 6 original drawings, 1 etching, 1 watercolor, 5 musical quotations, 1 photo. Deluxe binding with spine and corners of gilt and polished calf with marbled boards. 180 p. All edges gilt with rounded corners. Edges a bit worn. Eugťnie Smeenk (1883-1978), daughter of the owner of the renowned Hotel Du Soleil in Arnhem, collected signatures and other autograph contributions of famous visitors. In this album, there are three categories: musicians from abroad, actors from France and visual artists from the Netherlands. The most important visiting musicians were Sergei Rachmaninoff, who entered a musical fragment from the Second Piano Concerto, that he had performed in Arnhem that same evening (December 7, 1908) and Willem Mengelberg, who directed that concert; cellist Pablo Casals and pianist Harold Bauer, who performed together on November 26, 1907; opera singers Jeanne Raunay, Hermine Bosetti and Georgette Leblanc - with her husband, the author Maurice Maeterlinck - violinists Jacques Thibaud and Kathleen Parlow; and composer Richard Strauss. The actors' comprise famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, …douard de Max with his young assistant Marie Ventura, and Coquelin Cadet. The actors' signatures are accompanied by friendly and humorous quotations.The drawings and prints are generally from a slightly later date, 1909-1921. The artists are Jozef IsraŽls (pen drawing of a girl on a dune, not dated), Charles Dankmeijer (old farm, ink drawing), Toon Dupuis (photo of an equestrian statue), Hendrik van Bloem (landscape, etching), H.J. Haverman (rabbits, ink drawing), Kees van Waning (landscape, charcoal drawing), Herman Moerkerk (old man, mottoed 'Sic transit...', elaborate drawing in aquarel and crayon), Willem E. Roelofs jr. (fish in a kitchen, ink drawing) and Benjamin Prins (old man from Ponte Tresa, pencil drawing).An astonishing company to find in a young woman's album!
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Book number: 266727
€ 3950.00 [Appr.: US$ 4844.02 | £UK 3512 | JP• 536930]