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English Theatrical Portraits

Title: English Theatrical Portraits

Quantity: 138 items

Collection Number: MS 0282

Language: English


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Preferred Citation: English Theatrical Portraits (MS 0282). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains portraits produced to promote actors and plays in English Theatre. There are 138 etchings of actors or actors as a character in a play. The prints are pasted onto boards, one per board. The majority of images have the name of the actor or the name of the role the actor played engraved as a caption on the print. This information may also include the name of the engraver and the name of the person who created the original drawing of the portrait. The captions may also include the venue, such as the Theatre Royal Covent Garden. Others are identified by handwritten captions. For instance, one image lists Tyrone Power as the actor, with Thomas Woolnoth as the engraver of the work. Other images have the name of the actor and play handwritten in pencil and ink. The materials are arranged according to actor last name, character name, and unnamed or unmarked portraits.


Kelly, Frances Maria, 1790-1882

De Wilde, Samuel, 1748-1832 -- Artist

Leney, William Satchwell, 1769-1831 -- Engraver

Braham, John, 1774-1856

Pope, Alexander, 1763-1835

Egerton, Daniel, 1772-1835

Power, Tyrone, 1797-1841

Woolnoth, Thomas, b. 1785 -- Engraver

Blanchard, William, 1769-1835

Bunn, Margaret Agnes, 1799-1883

Edwards, Henry, 1798-1885

Knowles, James Sheridan, 1784-1862

Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873

Reeve, John, 1799-1838

Vestris, Lucia Elizabeth Bartolozzi, 1797-1856

Walner, John R.

Actors -- Great Britain

Portraits -- British

Container List: Box 1. Prints 1-138
Related Material and Resources: New York Public Library, Digital Gallery. "Penny Plains" and "Two-pence Coloured:" English Theatrical Portraits 1799-1847 in the William Appleton Collection.

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