Musician Wilhelm Backhaus. Georg Fayer, c1892–1950 Austrian.
Musician Wilhelm Backhaus
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Musician Wilhelm Backhaus

1930. Two vintage silver gelatin photographs, both inscribed to “Mabel Zillmann”, signed and dated by Backhaus in ink on lower portion, “Fayer, Wien [Vienna]” photographer’s line in negative lower left, 21 x 16cm (each). Silvering, slight foxing and crinkles. Original frames with framer’s label.

Inscriptions read “To Mabel Zillmann, in fulfilment of an old promise, with all kindest greetings, Wilhelm Backhaus. Brisbane, Sept. 1930” and “With all best wishes to Mabel Zillmann, Wilhelm Backhaus. Brisbane, Sept. 1930.”

Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) was a German pianist “particularly well known for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms.” Backhaus gave three concerts at Brisbane’s City Hall in 1930. Mabel Zillmanm appears to have been a music teacher in Brisbane, conducting examinations on behalf of Trinity College, London. Ref: Wiki; The Brisbane Courier, 5.9.1930; Queensland Times, 30.6.1938.

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Item #CL199-101

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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