BLANCHE SWEET

Stylish-looking vintage 10.5 x 13.25 matte finish black and white full-length publicity portrait by Donald Biddle Keyes, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “For Mr. Ellis/Sincerely,/Blanche Sweet.”  Very good to near fine condition, with neatly trimmed borders; mild creasing in the background at all four corners; a very small tear in the background along the extreme left edge; and a tiny chip with accompanying emulsion loss along the edge at the top right.  Entering film in 1909 at the age of 14, Blanche Sweet became a leading lady with D. W. Griffith within a few years, portraying strong and independent heroines, in contrast to the demure virgins that were the specialty of Lillian Gish. Sweet appeared in two solid silent screen classics, Anna Christie (1923), the first filming of a Eugene O’Neill play, and Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1924), under the direction of her then husband, Marhsall Neilan.  This is the only oversize signed photograph of Sweet that I have ever encountered.

$150