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MS Thr 905

Photographs of Charles John Kean and cast, 1856-1859: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 905
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of Charles John Kean and cast,
Date(s): 1856-1859 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs of English actor Charles John Kean and other members of casts from various stage plays in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Photographs of Charles John Kean and Cast, 1856-1859 (MS Thr 905). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charles John Kean (1811?-1868) was an English actor and theater manager. Kean managed the Princess's Theatre in London from 1850-1859. Martin Laroche's (ca. 1815-1886; real name William Henry Silvester) photographic studio was close to Kean's Princess's Theatre in London and he photographed many of the Kean actors and productions.


Richard Foulkes. "The Laroche photographs of Charles Kean's Shakespeare revivals." Theatrephile Volume 2, Number 8, 1986, pages 29-33.


Arranged alphabetically by production title, then by title of image.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of actors in costume including: Charles John Kean, Ellen Chapman, Ellen Tree [Kean], John Ryder, Walter Lacy, and others. The originals of many of these images were probably taken by the studio of Martin Laroche.
With photographs and cartes-de-visite (card photographs) from Kean's productions of: Hamlet, Henry V, King Lear, Louis XI, The Merchant of Venice, Richard II, and The Winter's Tale.

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