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MS Thr 823

Photographs of Sir Henry Irving, 1887-1888: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 823
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Sir Henry Irving,
Date(s): 1887-1888.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 19th-century photographs of British actor Sir Henry Irving.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett ; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Photographs of Sir Henry Irving, 1887-1888 (MS Thr 823). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Henry Irving (1838–1905) was a British stage actor and theater manager. Irving rose to fame in the 1870s with roles in Two roses, The bells, and Hamlet, among others. Irving became manager of the Lyceum Theatre (London, England) in 1878 after the death of Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman and the theatre remained under his management for 23 years.


Arranged alphabetically by name of photographic studio.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains portraits and theatrical photographs of 19th-century British actor Sir Henry Irving. Notable theatrical productions include Becket, Henry VIII, The bells, and Pickwick. Most photographs are cabinet photographs, some are cartes-de-visite (card photographs). Many photographs are undated.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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