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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.
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.
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.