Agnes Booth (1843-1910)

Born in Australia, Marian Agnes Land Rookes immigrated to the U.S. in 1858. She first gained a reputation as Hermione in "The Winter's Tale" in 1860, at Maguire's Opera House in San Francisco. The second wife and subsequently widow of Harry Perry, she married the famous actor Junius Brutus Booth Jr., then manager of the Boston Theatre, in 1867. In the 1870s Booth toured as a star and her performance in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" was a great success. In the late 1870s she was the leading lady at the Park Theatre and in the 80s at the Madison Square Theatre. The actress was known for her eloquent facial expressions: she could rivet the attention of an audience during several minutes of silence, simply by the play of her features. In this photo from the Sarony studio Booth wears a hooded velvet cloak.

Date:
1872 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES23144
Photographer:
Napoleon Sarony
Height:
1238px
Width:
745px
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