Harry Kellar (1849 - 1922) is pictured in a portrait by Sarony, autographed by Kellar, along with a period change bag and silk opera hat.

Kellar was was named the 1st "Dean of American magicians", and during his performing lifetime was America's most popular magician . He undertook two world tours, A master of magic at all scales,Kellar is perhaps most famous for the Levitation of Princess Karnac, an illusion originated by Maskelyne, which Kellar revised and made his own.

 

Napoleon Sarony, the portrait photographer, was almost as famous as Kellar, and from his studio in Union Square, New York, photographed the rich and famous of America's theatrical set.