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Eddison Collection

Print
1769 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Born in Dublin, the son of a silversmith, Spranger Barry (1717-1777) was apprenticed in the same trade before becoming an actor in his mid-20s. He made his stage debut in Dublin as Othello, and worked at the Crow Street theatre in Dublin with the young David Garrick.

Barry and Garrick came to London where they worked at both Covent Garden and Drury Lane Theatres, becoming the most respected actors of their day, but their relationship veered from amicable collaboration to open hostility, especially when Garrick was the manager of Drury Lane and was employing the increasingly unreliable Barry. Othello was one of Spranger Barry's most popular parts, and one of the few in which Garrick did not succeed, nor attempt again after Barry's success in the role. This print shows Barry in the costume and make-up he wore for the part.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed paper
Brief Description
Spranger Barry in the title role of Shakespeare's play Othello, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 4 October 1746, and 9 March 1749. Hand-coloured engraving. Robert Eddison Collection.
Physical Description
Hand-coloured engraving showing Mr Barry as Othello wearing a floor-length green coat over a yellow tunic with a red, gold-fringed sash. He wears calf-length tan boots, red tights and a yellow turban with two red feathers. He stands legs akimbo, looking to his right. Above the image is the text: 'Mr. Barry in the Character of Othello' and below the image 'This only is the Witchcraft I have used. Act I scene 3.'
Dimensions
  • Height: 6.7cm
  • Width: 12.2cm
  • Of base depth: 8.8cm
Credit line
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996
Production
Possibly printed for J. Smith No.35 Cheapside & R. Sayer No.53 Fleet Street
Subject depicted
Literary Reference<i>Othello</i>
Summary
Born in Dublin, the son of a silversmith, Spranger Barry (1717-1777) was apprenticed in the same trade before becoming an actor in his mid-20s. He made his stage debut in Dublin as Othello, and worked at the Crow Street theatre in Dublin with the young David Garrick.



Barry and Garrick came to London where they worked at both Covent Garden and Drury Lane Theatres, becoming the most respected actors of their day, but their relationship veered from amicable collaboration to open hostility, especially when Garrick was the manager of Drury Lane and was employing the increasingly unreliable Barry. Othello was one of Spranger Barry's most popular parts, and one of the few in which Garrick did not succeed, nor attempt again after Barry's success in the role. This print shows Barry in the costume and make-up he wore for the part.
Collection
Accession Number
S.431-1997

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record createdSeptember 26, 2007
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