The collection consists of 210 black and white photographs mounted in a large hardcoverphotograph album, together with a few incidental papers, such as a programme, which assistidentification. Only a few images bear datable evidence; it appears that the compilation was madebetween 1884 and 1892. The photographs vary in size and type, with many being of carte de visiteformat. About 150 of the images have been identified and 47 have been autographed by the subjects,sometimes annotated with details of the occasion and occasionally featuring a 'musical signature'.Of the total, twenty are of actors. There are 13 signatures without images.
The album is an interesting record of late 19th-century musical performance and popular taste,and demonstrates the attraction of celebrity. The subjects include internationally famous composers,from Brahms to Wagner, but the majority are performers - conductors, instrumentalists, singers andactors. Many of these are no longer familiar names today.