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Theatrical Portraits and Illustrations. Collection
3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
The collection, Codex MS 1413, was originally three volumes of mounted images. The first two volumes contain portraits of actors, actresses, and dramatists from the British and American stage. The third volume contains illustrations of theatre architecture, monuments, scenes from plays, and the homes of actors and dramatists, and theatrical ephemera. The images date from 1740 to 1901, though most are from the late 18th century.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Theatrical Portraits and Illustrations. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
This collection was transferred from the Rare Books Collection.
The collection was originally cataloged as Codex MS 1413. The collection contains two volumes of portraits, followed by a volume of illustrations.
The mounted portraits are of actors, actresses, and dramatists from the British and American stage, arranged alphabetically by name. In some cases, information such as artist, date, and publisher responsible for the individual image is included. Most of the images are engravings taken from photographs, drawings, and paintings.
Of particular interest are portraits and photographs of the American actor Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905) both in costume and at home, and several portraits of the English actor and theatre manager, David Garrick (1717-1779). There are a number of portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).
The mounted illustrations are connected to theatrical life in the 18th and 19th centuries. These include drawing and engravings of theatre architecture, monuments, scenes from plays, and the homes of actors and dramatists. Series II also includes a small amount of mounted theatrical ephemera including tickets, newspaper clippings, scores, and production posters. The collection highlights the homes and theatres of, and monuments to, David Garrick (1717-1779).
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
Fred W. Atkinson. Drama Collection
Chicago Drama Performances. Index
Playbill and Program. Collection
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Abington – Bellamy, circa 1780-1817
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Berry – Burke, circa 1794-1895
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Burton – Cooke, circa 1740-1833
|Box 1 Folder 4|
Cooke – Dryden, circa 1791-1880
|Box 1 Folder 5|
Duff – Forest, circa 1776-1880
|Box 1 Folder 6|
Forest – Incledon, circa 1740-1826
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Jefferson – Jordan, circa 1796-1901
|Box 2 Folder 1|
Kean – Macready, circa 1775-1894
|Box 2 Folder 2|
Macready – Philips, circa 1776-1836
|Box 2 Folder 3|
Placide – Shakespeare, circa 1777-1880
|Box 2 Folder 4|
Sheridan – Thrale, circa 1776-1881
|Box 2 Folder 5|
Toole – Younge, circa 1776-1839
|Box 3: Folder 1|
Illustrations - Theater Architecture, circa 1774-1850
|Box 3: Folder 2|
Illustrations – Monuments, circa 1760-1900
|Box 3: Folder 3|
Illustrations - Scenes from Theatre Productions, circa 1794-1848
|Box 3: Folder 4|
Illustrations - Residences of Theater Persons, circa 1747-1900
|Box 3: Folder 5|
Illustrations - Theatrical Ephemera, circa 1750-1872