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Barometer

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    c.1892 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clark (vendor)

  • Credit Line:

    Donated on behalf of Barbara May (Crosbie), the second Mrs. Walter Melville

  • Museum number:

    S.258-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This very handsome travelling clock and barometer in a silver case, purchased from Clark's of Old Bond Street, was presumably given by the great actor-manager Henry Irving to his good friend Clement Scott. It is engraved on a circular gold panel at one end with the name 'Clement' and at the other with Irving's signature and the date 10 November 1892.

Clement William Scott (1841-1904) was a theatre critic who began his career as a clerk in the War Office but went on to become one of the leading theatre critics of the 19th century. He was a great friend and champion of Henry Irving for whom he edited the journal The Theatre from 1880 until 1889. In March 1892 Clement Scott was finally elected as a member of the prestigious theatrical establishment The Garrick Club, but since this is engraved with the date of the opening night of Irving's production of King Lear, this may have been the present Irving gave gentlemen guests at the first night dinner. It was later owned by the theatre owner and plywright Walter Melville and may have been given to him after Scott's death.

Physical description

Travelling barometer and clock each with an ivory or bone face and black markings, contained within a cylindrical hinged silver case, the slightly domed cover at one end featuring a circular gold panel at one end engraved in Henry Irving's hand: 'Henry Irving 10 November 1892' and the other end 'Clement'. On the back of the clock is engraved CLARK 20 OLD BOND ST., a London hallmark and the letters ENS for electro-plated nickel silver on the clock.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

c.1892 (made)

Artist/maker

Clark (vendor)

Marks and inscriptions

'Henry Irving 10 November 1892' 'Clement'
The Irving inscription is on the side of the case in which the clock is contained, and the Clement inscription on the side with the barometer. Since the Irving inscription is in Irving's hand it appears that it was a present from him to Clement - almost certainly the theatre critic Clement Scott.

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm closed, Diameter: 7.1 cm external, Diameter: 6.9 cm at opening

Descriptive line

Travelling clock and barometer in a silver case presented by Henry Irving to Clement Scott on the first night of Irving's King Lear at the Lyceum Theatre, 10 November 1892.

Production Note

Engraved on the back of the clock 'CLARK. 20 OLD BOND ST.' Hallmark for London with the mark ENS (electro-plated nickel silver).

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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