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Drawing

ca. 1890 (drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pen and ink drawing entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Irving is represented as Dante and Tree as Virgil. The figures are hovering above a stormy sea containing six caricatured bathers representing some of the tribulations of theatre managers, identified as 'Attendants' fees', the 'Titled Amateur', 'Unsigned Criticism', 'L.C.C.', 'Pirated Plays' and the 'Weary Pit-ite'. The image is surrounded by sketches of fellow performers, including Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), in her costume as Portia. The artist, Charles Richardson, has included his name at the base.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink on board, mounted on paper
Brief Description
Pen and ink drawing by Charles Richardson entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917). Undated
Physical Description
Pen and ink drawing entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, both dressed in loose flowing robes and crowned with laurel leaves. At the base of Irving's tunic are the words 'Dante, Irving' and at the base of Tree's robes, 'Virgil, Tree'. The figures are hovering above a stormy sea containing six caricatured bathers identified as 'Attendants' fees', 'Titled Amateur', 'Unsigned Criticism', 'L.C.C.', 'Pirated Plays' and 'Weary Pit-ite'. The image is surrounded by sketches of fellow performers, including Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928). The artist, Charles Richardson, has included his name at the base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28.5cm
  • Width: 18.5cm
Measurements given are for the backing paper on which the sketch is mounted.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Charles Richardson' (Name of artist, handwritten in ink at the base of the image)
  • 'Drama' (Title, handwritten in ink above the image)
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Subjects depicted
Summary
Pen and ink drawing entitled 'Drama', showing a selection of famous figures from Victorian theatre. At the centre are full length images of the actor/managers Sir Henry Irving and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Irving is represented as Dante and Tree as Virgil. The figures are hovering above a stormy sea containing six caricatured bathers representing some of the tribulations of theatre managers, identified as 'Attendants' fees', the 'Titled Amateur', 'Unsigned Criticism', 'L.C.C.', 'Pirated Plays' and the 'Weary Pit-ite'. The image is surrounded by sketches of fellow performers, including Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), in her costume as Portia. The artist, Charles Richardson, has included his name at the base.
Collection
Accession Number
S.915-2012

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record createdSeptember 13, 2012
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