HERMINE ALBRECHT : AUSTRIAN THEATER ACTRESS, PHOTO BY CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHER DR SZEKELY

This carte de visite portrait features Austria-Hungarian theater actress Hermine Albrecht (1856-1929). She studied acting with German actor, Karl Wilhelm Meixner and made her debut in 1875. In that year she signed with the Vienna City Theater where she worked until 1884. In 1887 she joined the ensemble of Burgtheater ensemble and in 1890 she was appointed a court actress. She left the theater in 1893 to join private life. She was married to Count Tamas Nyary de Bedegh (1838-1902). Her sister was also an actress (Charlotte Albrecht).The photographer of this image is Dr Szekely. He  is cited multiple times in the photographic journals of his time for his photography research. Dr Szekely operated a studio in Vienna, Austria. As of this writing, the Cabinet Card Gallery has two other photos by Szekely. One of these images is of Austrian theater actress Josephine Wessely (1860-1887). To view the other photographs by Szekely, place his name in the blog’s search box.This photograph was taken during or after 1873. This is known because of the the award medallions seen on the reverse of the photograph is dated 1873,   (SOLD)

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PRETTY WOMAN WITH CURLS IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA (PORTRAIT OF AUSTRIAN THEATER ACTRESS JOSEPHINE WESSELY)

VIENNA WOMAN_0003A pretty woman poses for her portrait in the studio of Dr Szekely in Vienna, Austria. The woman has an unusual hair style. Her hair seems to be straight on top of her head and she has beautiful curls on the side. The reverse of the photograph identifies the subject as Austrian theater actress Josephine Wessely (1860-1887). Wessely was born in Vienna and the daughter of a shoemaker. She began drama school at age fourteen and had her debut in “Intrigue and Love” in 1876 at the Leipzig City Theater. In 1879 she became a member of the Burgtheater ensemble. She was known for playing juvenile tragic roles and gained recognition for playing Gretchen in Goethe’s “Faust”. Wessely died at 27 years of age. The cause of her death is suspected to be leukemia. Printing on the reverse of the card reveals that Dr Szekely won medals for his photography in exhibitions in Vienna (1873) and Paris (1878). To learn more about Dr Szekely and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Szekely”.

A MOTHER AND HER THREE ADORING DAUGHTERS IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

A young mother and her three daughters pose for their family portrait. The girls are all wearing identical dresses. One of the three girls is unable to hold back a smile while the other subjects look rather serious in this photograph. The photographer of this image is Dr Szekely. He  is cited multiple times in the photographic journals of his time for his photography research. Many of the citations found were from 1875 through 1872. Dr Szekely operated a studio in Vienna, Austria. To view other photographs by Szekely, click on the category “Photographer: Szekely”.

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