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Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Shylock

Photograph
circa 1908 (photographed)
Artist/Maker

Sepia photograph of Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. This production first opened at His Majesty's Theatre in April 1908 but was revived on several subsequent occasions.

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917) was London's leading actor-manager in the Edwardian era. He built His Majesty's Theatre in London's Haymarket which opened in 1897, and his spectacular productions there became famous for their detailed and realistic settings. Tree himself was celebrated for his ability to transform his features for every different role.

The photograph appears to have been taken by the photographer F.W.Burford. Beneath the image is a dedication to Mr. William Clarkson.

William Clarkson was the owner of Clarkson's Wigs, Wellington Street, London. This business supplied wigs for numerous leading Victorian actors and actresses amongst them Dame Ellen Terry (1848-1928) and Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). It also acted as a theatrical costumier and property maker. First established as a business in 1833, Willy Clarkson (full name was William Berry Clarkson) took over the business after his father's death in 1878. By 1904 his success was such that he built new premises in Wellington Street. The programme for the 1908 production of The Merchant of Venice states that W.Clarkson provided the wigs.


object details
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Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Sepia photograph of Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. F.W.Burford. ca.1908
Physical Description
A sepia photograph showing a head and shoulders portrait of the actor manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. He is dressed in a dark long sleeved robe over a front buttoning waistcoat and white shirt. His costume also includes a loose cap and curled beard and wig. He wears a hooped earring in his left ear. The oval photograph has been mounted on a thick grey cardboard backing.
Dimensions
  • Measurements given are for backing on which photograph is mounted height: 31.7cm
  • Measurements given are for backing on which photograph is mounted width: 18.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • F.W. Burford (Handwritten signature of photographer in black ink. Bottom right hand side of photograph)
  • "Sufference is the badge of all our/tribe"/Herbert Beerbohm Tree/To Mr William Clarkson. (Handwritten dedication and signature in black ink. Underneath photograph on cardboard mount.)
Credit line
Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceThe Merchant of Venice
Summary
Sepia photograph of Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. This production first opened at His Majesty's Theatre in April 1908 but was revived on several subsequent occasions.



Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917) was London's leading actor-manager in the Edwardian era. He built His Majesty's Theatre in London's Haymarket which opened in 1897, and his spectacular productions there became famous for their detailed and realistic settings. Tree himself was celebrated for his ability to transform his features for every different role.



The photograph appears to have been taken by the photographer F.W.Burford. Beneath the image is a dedication to Mr. William Clarkson.



William Clarkson was the owner of Clarkson's Wigs, Wellington Street, London. This business supplied wigs for numerous leading Victorian actors and actresses amongst them Dame Ellen Terry (1848-1928) and Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). It also acted as a theatrical costumier and property maker. First established as a business in 1833, Willy Clarkson (full name was William Berry Clarkson) took over the business after his father's death in 1878. By 1904 his success was such that he built new premises in Wellington Street. The programme for the 1908 production of The Merchant of Venice states that W.Clarkson provided the wigs.
Other Number
f.139-52 - H Beard collection numbering
Collection
Accession Number
S.3154-2010

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record createdDecember 6, 2010
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