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Scroll - Ellen Terry Jubilee Scroll
  • Ellen Terry Jubilee Scroll
    Nicholson, William Newzam Prior
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Ellen Terry Jubilee Scroll

  • Object:

    Scroll

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1906 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nicholson, William Newzam Prior (Sir), born 1872 - died 1949 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    © Desmond Banks

  • Museum number:

    S.991-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The metre and a half long lithograph was printed to celebrate Ellen Terry's 50-year stage career in 1906. She is depicted in the costumes that she wore in some of her most famous roles, beginning with the red and silver dress worn in her first performance, as Mamillius in The Winter's Tale in 1856, and ending with the wide rimmed white hat and layered dress and skirt worn as Lady Cecily Waynflete in Captain Brassbound's Conversion, 1906.

Ellen Terry's stage jubilee was celebrated on 12 June 1906 with a gala performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in which which Enrico Caruso sang, W. S. Gilbert directed a performance of Trial by Jury, Eleanora Duse, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Lillie Langtry, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Nellie Melba, and more than twenty members of Terry's family appeared with her in an act of Much Ado about Nothing. The performance raised £6000 for Terry. A few days later, on 17 June, there was a commemorative banquet at the Hotel Cecil, at which these scrolls were distributed as souvenirs.

Physical description

A long, rolled colour lithograph showing images of Ellen Terry in her most famous roles performed during 50 years on the stage. She is depicted in the costumes worn in the roles, beginning with the red and silver dress worn in her first performance as Mamillius in The Winter's Tale in 1856 and ending with the wide rimmed white hat and layered dress and skirt worn as Lady Cecily Waynflete in Captain Brassbound's Conversion, 1906. The figures of Terry are positioned across the front of a stage with curtains behind, the curtains draped back at four points to show Terry's birthplace in Coventry; the Theatre Royal, Bristol, the Lyceum Theatre, and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1906 (printed)

Artist/maker

Nicholson, William Newzam Prior (Sir), born 1872 - died 1949 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 16.2 cm, Width: 149.5 cm

Descriptive line

Commemorative scroll, produced for the Ellen Terry Jubilee Banquet, 17 June 1906, formed from a colour lithograph by William Nicholson

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Lithography; Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Prints; Commemoration

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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