Viola Clifton

Viola Clifton, a "serio-comic" variety performer and entrepreneur, also specialized as a female minstrel and a "quick-change" artist. The entertainer made her New York debut at Tony Pastor's Theatre in 1871. By 1879 she had established Viola Clifton's Female Minstrels. Throughout the 1880s Clifton's favorite venues were Tony Pastor's, Harry Miner's, and New York's London Theatre. The unidentified photographer offers a bird's eye view of Clifton's hat and spit curls as she poses in costume. The performer's clothes were made by Madame Demorest, a New York designer.

1880 circa 5 years
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