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January 27 - 28 , 2017

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JOHN FORD (1829-1894). Ford, a Baltimore born bookseller, was the owner of the infamous Ford’s Theater; after Lincoln’s assassination, the government seized the theater from Ford. DS. 1pp. 14 1/4” x 9 1/4”. Washington. August 5th 1863. A very rare and possibly unique Ford’s Theater bond signed “John T. Ford”. It certified “that there is due to J.P. Bartholew the sum of FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS, payable at any time within ten years from date, with interest payable annually. The said J.P. Bartholew is entitled to free admission to all dramatic performances given in said Theater until payment of said debt and interest.” Bartholew signed the document on the verso. The 10th Street site originally was a church, but abandoned when the congregation merged with another. Ford turned it into a theater against the wishes of many residents, and nine months after it opened in 1861, it was gutted by a fire. Ford needed money not only to rebuild the theater, but to enlarge and create his dream, one of the finest theaters in the country that could hold 2,500 people. To do this, he sold bonds and the cornerstone was laid on February 28, 1863 and the first performance of The Naiad Queen was done on August 27, 1863. It quickly became one of Washington’s most popular places; Lincoln saw eight plays there and May saw even more. In an ironic twist, Lincoln witnessed on November 9, 1863 The Marble Heart, starring a young actor named John Wilkes Booth. The document is in very fine condition. It has a light green background and an elaborate “Ford’s Theater” logo at the top; it boasts that it is “A First Class Structure Possessing All The Acoustic & Optical Advantages of an Academy of Music”. There is a lithographed vignette of the theater front in the upper left corner, as well as a number of other small theater-related vignettes. Although difficult to ascertain if this is a unique piece, it is certainly exceedingly rare and a fine Lincoln assassination item. $17,500.00
From Paris, American Painter George Peter Alexander Healy Writes Of His Work And Ecourages His Recipient to Visit.  “I fully believe the Universal Exposition will greatly interest you!”
From Paris, American Painter George Peter Alexander Healy Writes Of His Work And Ecourages His Recipient to Visit. “I fully believe the Universal Exposition will greatly interest you!”
George Peter Alexander Healy (1813 – 1894). American painter. ALS. 2 full pages, both sides of a single sheet. 5 ¼” x 8 ¼”. Paris, 18th January 1889. A fine personal letter addressed to “My Dear Miss Wright”; “I am touched by your kindness in sending those very interesting photographs of your dear mother. Sister & so many of our friends on the good ship Elder. I am sorry not to see yours and that of my friend your Grandfathers, but I thank you with all my heart for those you have sent, had you not sent them, I never should have had one. You should have heard from me sooner had it now been for an unusual press of professional occupation, some of the results of which I wish I could show you and also to the members of your family. I hope you may all come to Paris next spring, if you come I fully believe the Universal Exposition will greatly interest you! I shall continue to hope to see you all this way.” “I have in hand just now a large picture of Archbishop Rearden of San Franciscos and General Windslow and a half length portrait of Monsieur Barbedienne who has done so much for art in France he is also good subject for a picture; to the Salon I shall send that of the Cardinal Archbishop of Gibbons of Baltimore with a man of letters Dreyfus; to the great Exposition, a half length of the Earl of Lytton who is the Ambassador to this Country from England. A girl of 14 years a whole length playing the violin. I hope this work may have as much success out of my atelier as it has had in it. One of Stanley and some half dozen others.” “I am not sure this will meet your eyes but I shall direct it to the care of your grandfather, The Buckingham Hotel, New York, he was not at the Park Avenue, when I passed through N.Y. coming here last Sept. Give my kindest remembrances to all your dear ones, especially your grandfather & know me to always Faithfully yours, Geo. P. A. Healy”. Healy’s work includes “Franklin urging the claims of American Colonies before Louis XVI, portraits of many eminent Americans such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, William H. Seward as well as presidents from J. Q. Adams through U.S. Grant. His portrait of Lincoln done in 1877 remains as one of his most well-known. A scarce ALS with mention of some of his work. Fine. $750.00