Braslau, Sophie. (1892–1935)
Signed Mishkin Photograph
Signed large format Mishkin of New York photograph of the American contralto, who has inscribed to Charles Drumheller, tenor and longtime rehearsal pianist at the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Opera with a quotation from the Henrik Ibsen play "Brand," "To Charlie Drumheller! / 'Man's work is what he's fashion'd for, / And Paradise, for him, lies there' / 'Brand—Ibsen' / with all possible good-wishes. / Sincerely Sophie Braslau" in black ink. Significant toning and losses to edges, particularly to the lower corners, though the image and signature remain unaffected, else in good condition. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).
Braslau retired from full-time performance in the late 1920s due to ill health. She died of cancer on December 22, 1935. Rachmaninoff was one of her pallbearers, and the eulogy was delivered by Olin Downes, the music critic for The New York Times.