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  • Sculpture
    Wood, Frances Derwent, born 1871 - died 1926
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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century-early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wood, Frances Derwent, born 1871 - died 1926 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze and marble

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Formerly the property of the British Theatre Association (B.T.A.), this bronze bust of the drama critic William Archer (1856-1926) was acquired in 1990 along with the B.T.A.'s famous theatre library.

William Archer was an ardent campaigner for the establishment of a National Theatre. He championed the realistic and serious 'New Drama', particularly the work of Henrik Ibsen whose plays he translating into English.

Physical description

Bronze bust mounted on a square green marble base, one side of the base incised: WILLIAM ARCHER 1856-1924

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


late 18th century-early 19th century (made)


Wood, Frances Derwent, born 1871 - died 1926 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze and marble


Height: 57 cm, Width: 30 cm At widest point, Height: 12.5 cm Of base, Depth: 7.7 cm Of base, Width: 7.7 cm Of base

Object history note

This sculpture came to the Theatre Museum from the British Theatre Association (formerly The Drama League) when it was disbanded and the museum acquired a copy of all of their sets of texts.

Descriptive line

Bronze bust of the dramatic critic and author William Archer (1856-1924). Given by the British Theatre Association.


Bronze; Marble


Entertainment & Leisure; Sculpture


Theatre and Performance Collection

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