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Henry Worrall

Henry Worrall was an early Kansas artist who lived in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. An inscription on the back of the photograph reads as follows: "Prof. Henry Worrall, born Liverpool, England. Most expert wood carver, artist - designer, guitarist, composer of Sebastopol, Violet Waltzes, Etc., resided in [XXXXXXXX], Ohio & Topeka, Kansas, U. S. A."


Henry Worrall with his guitar

Grigs, A. D.

Guitarist and artist Henry Worrall moved to Topeka, Kansas, in 1868 and died there in 1902. This photograph shows a youthful Worrall standing with his guitar. The photo was probably taken during Worrall's residence in Ohio in the 1850s or 1860s and reproduced later in Topeka by A. D. Grigs, as the border bears his imprint. Worrall's celebrated solo guitar instrumentals "Sebastopol" and "Violet Waltz" enjoyed great popularity in the nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, Worrall's popular solo guitar pieces played a key role in the development of the guitar styles of southern rural folk musicians and country and blues musical idioms.

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