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Account Sheet

February 1715 (written)
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Place of origin

This account sheet is a fascinating record of the expenses of stage properties incurred for three productions at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1761. It is signed by the three managers of the theatre, all of whom were also actors - Robert Wilks (1665-1732), Colley Cibber (1671-1757) and Barton Booth (1681-1733). The actor Thomas Doggett (1670-1721), a former partner, had retired in disgust when his enemy Booth was allowed a share in the theatre.

The bill relates to alterations for costumes in the play The Amorous Widow presented at Drury Lane in 1715. This copy was probably made and kept at the theatre for accounting purposes, since it is one of a group of similar items.


Object details
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Object type
Materials and techniques
Ink on paper
Brief description
MS account sheet for alteration to costumes for The Amorous Widow at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1715, dated 18 February, signed by Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber and Barton Booth. Ink on paper.
Physical description
MS account sheet in brown ink for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1715, headed 'Mrs. Masters her Bill Feb 18th', noting the expenses for altering a Mantan (?) and a petticoat for Mrs. Saunders for The Amorous Widow. Signed by the managers Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber and Barton Booth. MS heading verso 'Mrs Masters her Bill February 18 1715/4 0/5/0d
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.6cm
  • Width: 14.3cm
Marks and inscriptions
Mrs Masters her Bill February 1715 0:5:0 (Added in pencil. The document is otherwise in ink.)
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Summary
This account sheet is a fascinating record of the expenses of stage properties incurred for three productions at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1761. It is signed by the three managers of the theatre, all of whom were also actors - Robert Wilks (1665-1732), Colley Cibber (1671-1757) and Barton Booth (1681-1733). The actor Thomas Doggett (1670-1721), a former partner, had retired in disgust when his enemy Booth was allowed a share in the theatre.



The bill relates to alterations for costumes in the play The Amorous Widow presented at Drury Lane in 1715. This copy was probably made and kept at the theatre for accounting purposes, since it is one of a group of similar items.
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Collection
Accession number
S.1409-2010

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Record createdJuly 12, 2010
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