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Autographed, Vintage Portrait of George Gershwin Composing Porgy and Bess

$12,000.00

[Gershwin, George] Toppo, Renato, George Gershwin Making Alterations to the Score for Porgy and Bess. [1934]. Matted, stamped in red “BY: TOPPO NEW YORK’ on the verso of the mount. 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm, signed boldly in ink across the lower margin, “Sincerely, George Gershwin.”

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Autographed, Vintage Portrait of George Gershwin Composing Porgy and Bess

[Gershwin, George] Toppo, Renato, George Gershwin Making Alterations to the Score for Porgy and Bess. [1934]. Matted, stamped in red “BY: TOPPO NEW YORK’ on the verso of the mount. 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm, signed boldly in ink across the lower margin, “Sincerely, George Gershwin.” Slight creasing of three of the corners, not affecting the strong fine image. Vintage, sepia-toned silver gelatin print of George Gershwin, seated at his Steinway grand piano, pencil in hand, composing the piano-vocal manuscript score of his folk-opera, Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 2, when the Undertaker sings: “You can all be ready tomorrow mornin’. It’s a long way to de cemetery.” The indication “Andantino quasi Marcia Funebre” is where Gershwin had his pencil when the image was taken. He was photographed by Renato Toppo in 1934, working on the piano part under the chorus, “Oh, he’s gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.” In  Toppo’s image, Gershwin’s early pencil manuscript working score shows  three blank  staves  for an eventual four-part chorus  — at the time this photograph was taken, still unwritten. Gershwin died in 1937, aged 39.

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