Cinti [Cincinnati] & New York: Strobridge Lith. Company, nd [1875-1887]. Color lithograph, a 17 x 26 1/2 in. image on a 20 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. sheet. Some wear, foxing and short tears to margins of the sheet, color image bright and clean. Nellie McHenry, a founding member of the farce-comedy troupe of Salsbury's Troubadours, is pictured partially reclining in a hammock, holding a red fringed parasol, and wearing a brightly colored short skirted costume decorated with birds and flowers. A surrounding border of stylized lettering and flowers completes the bucolic look. Item #61489
Nellie McHenry (1853-1935), born in St. Louis, spent her early years performing with the Hooley Comedy Company of Chicago. She, her husband John Webster, and Nate Salsbury formed the touring company the Salsbury Troubadours in 1875. Their specialty was such farce-comedies as "Patchwork," "Green Room Fun," and "The Brook." By 1887, the troupe disbanded and Salsbury went on to manage the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. In an interview Alan Dale conducted with McHenry, and published in his work "Familiar Chats with the Queens of the Stage," [G.W. Dillingham: 1890], Dale called her "deliciously unconventional and free and easy." The Strobridge Lithographing Company which produced this image was the largest theatrical poster printing company in America by the late 1880s, according to Jay Last's book, "The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography," (Hillcrest Press: 2005).