Drawing

ca.1889 (drawn)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

it Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). It shows Irving outside the door to the Lyceum Theatre. He is wearing a top hat and long coat and has a large sheath of paper labelled 'Dead Heart' in his pocket.

Sir Henry Irving was one of the leading actors of the late 19th century. He became manager of the Lyceum Theatre in 1878 and continued to run the theatre until his death in 1905. In 1895 he became the first actor to be knighted for services to the theatre.

Irving staged a production of The Dead Heart by Watts Phillips at the Lyceum Theatre in 1889 in which he played the role of Robert Landry. This drawing was probably made as an illustration for one of the contemporary periodicals as there are details of the print size on the reverse.






object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink on card
Brief Description
Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), ca.1889
Physical Description
Pen and ink drawing of the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving. It shows Irving outside the door to the Lyceum Theatre. He is wearing a top hat and long coat and has a large sheath of paper labelled 'Dead Heart' in his pocket.



The sketch has been signed by the artist, 'A.B.' in the bottom left hand corner.

Dimensions
  • Height: 16.3cm
  • Width: 11.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'A.B.' (Artist's initials in ink, lower left hand corner)
  • 'Sir Henry / CB' (Handwritten annotation in pencil, lower right hand corner)
  • '2½ inches wide' (Handwritten annotation in pencil on the reverse)
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Subject depicted
Literary ReferenceThe Dead Heart
Summary
it Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). It shows Irving outside the door to the Lyceum Theatre. He is wearing a top hat and long coat and has a large sheath of paper labelled 'Dead Heart' in his pocket.



Sir Henry Irving was one of the leading actors of the late 19th century. He became manager of the Lyceum Theatre in 1878 and continued to run the theatre until his death in 1905. In 1895 he became the first actor to be knighted for services to the theatre.



Irving staged a production of The Dead Heart by Watts Phillips at the Lyceum Theatre in 1889 in which he played the role of Robert Landry. This drawing was probably made as an illustration for one of the contemporary periodicals as there are details of the print size on the reverse.









Collection
Accession Number
S.940-2012

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record createdOctober 5, 2012
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