Drawing

ca.1874-1905 (drawn)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing three actors, including Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), dressed as Hamlet, undated. Irving, on the right, wears pince-nez.

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.

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 three actors, including Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), dressed as Hamlet, undated
Physical Description
Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing three actors, including Sir Henry Irving, dressed as Hamlet, undated. Irving, on the right, wears pince-nez. A rough pencil sketch of the three figures in different poses is on the reverse.

Dimensions
  • Height: 16.7cm
  • Width: 10.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'A.B.' (Artist's initials in ink, lower right hand corner)
  • '3 inches high and / rest in proportion, J 2' (Handwritten annotation in pencil on reverse)
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Subject depicted
Literary ReferenceHamlet
Summary
Pen and ink drawing by Alfred Bryan, showing three actors, including Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), dressed as Hamlet, undated. Irving, on the right, wears pince-nez.



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.



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.941-2012

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record createdOctober 5, 2012
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