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Mr. Tree

Photographic Print
1895 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Photographic print of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali in George du Maurier's Trilby, Haymarket Theatre, 1895. Photograph by T.C. Turner, printed by J.S. Virtue & Co. Ltd.

Trilby is a stage play based on the 1895 novel of the same name by George du Maurier. The novel was adapted into a long-running play starring Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali and Dorothea Baird in the title role at the Haymarket Theatre in London in October 1895. The story is set in Paris in the 1850s, and recreates an idyllic bohemian world in which the heroine, Trilby O'Ferrall, is a half-Irish girl working in Paris as an artists' model. It also tells the story of the artists who paint her, and features a villain in the form of Svengali, a masterful musician and hypnotist. All the men in the novel are in love with Trilby and the story centres upon her tragic fate.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Photographic print
Brief Description
Photographic print of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali in George du Maurier's Trilby, Haymarket Theatre, 1895. Photograph by T.C. Turner, printed by J.S. Virtue & Co. Ltd.
Physical Description
The photograph is a portrait of Tree in costume as 'Svengali' in Trilby. He is wearing a double-breasted frock coat, trousers, waistcoat, and shirt. He has a long beard and long, unruly hair.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.7cm (approximately)
  • Width: 15.3cm (approximately)
Marks and Inscriptions
'Mr. Tree. / "Svengali"'
Credit line
Given by Dr Barbara M. Gilchrist
Subject depicted
Literary ReferenceTrilby
Summary
Photographic print of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali in George du Maurier's Trilby, Haymarket Theatre, 1895. Photograph by T.C. Turner, printed by J.S. Virtue & Co. Ltd.



Trilby is a stage play based on the 1895 novel of the same name by George du Maurier. The novel was adapted into a long-running play starring Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Svengali and Dorothea Baird in the title role at the Haymarket Theatre in London in October 1895. The story is set in Paris in the 1850s, and recreates an idyllic bohemian world in which the heroine, Trilby O'Ferrall, is a half-Irish girl working in Paris as an artists' model. It also tells the story of the artists who paint her, and features a villain in the form of Svengali, a masterful musician and hypnotist. All the men in the novel are in love with Trilby and the story centres upon her tragic fate.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1443-2015

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record createdJuly 30, 2015
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