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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richardson, Charles (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on board, mounted on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.915-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Pen and ink drawing entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Irving is represented as Dante and Tree as Virgil. The figures are hovering above a stormy sea containing six caricatured bathers representing some of the tribulations of theatre managers, identified as 'Attendants' fees', the 'Titled Amateur', 'Unsigned Criticism', 'L.C.C.', 'Pirated Plays' and the 'Weary Pit-ite'. The image is surrounded by sketches of fellow performers, including Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), in her costume as Portia. The artist, Charles Richardson, has included his name at the base.

Physical description

Pen and ink drawing entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, both dressed in loose flowing robes and crowned with laurel leaves. At the base of Irving's tunic are the words 'Dante, Irving' and at the base of Tree's robes, 'Virgil, Tree'. The figures are hovering above a stormy sea containing six caricatured bathers identified as 'Attendants' fees', 'Titled Amateur', 'Unsigned Criticism', 'L.C.C.', 'Pirated Plays' and 'Weary Pit-ite'. The image is surrounded by sketches of fellow performers, including Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928). The artist, Charles Richardson, has included his name at the base.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

ca. 1890 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Richardson, Charles (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on board, mounted on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Charles Richardson'
Name of artist, handwritten in ink at the base of the image

'Drama'
Title, handwritten in ink above the image

Dimensions

Height: 28.5 cm, Width: 18.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by Charles Richardson entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917). Undated

Materials

Paper; Millboard; Ink

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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