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  1. Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design
    Collection

    The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is a valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre and is housed in The Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It is a rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States. These materials include costume and set designs, sket...
  2. Portraits of Actors
    Collection

    Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920, includes almost 3,500 pictures of actors — studio portraits and actors posing in costume for a particular role or performing a scene from a play. Dramatists, theatrical managers, singers and musicians are also included, but the majority are British and American actors who worked between about 1770 and 1893. Among the hundreds of actors include...
  3. Robert Baddeley as Peter in "Henry VI (The Second Part)"
    Image | 1786

    Whole-length portrait. Standing, wearing breeches and waistcoat
  4. Robert Baddeley as Canton in "Clandestine Marriage"
    Image | 1794

    Three-quarter-length. Seated, wearing spectacles.
  5. Robert Baddeley as Petulant in "The Way of the World"
    Image | 1777

    Whole-length. Wearing hat, coat, waistcoat, breeches, shoes with buckles
  6. Robert Baddeley as Sir Harry Gubbin in "The Tender Husband"
    Image | 1791

    Whole-length. Standing in interior setting. Wearing coat, waistcoat, breeches, shoes with buckles
  7. Robert Baddeley as Trincalo in "The Tempest"
    Image | 1778

    Whole-length. Wearing coat, waistcoat, breeches.
  8. Sophia Baddeley as Clarissa in "Lionel and Clarissa"
    Image | 1781

    Whole-length. Wearing dress with ribbon embellishments, hat with flowers.
  9. Matilda Baker (nee Vining) as Cicely Homespun in "The Heir at Law"
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    Half-length. Wearing large hat with ribbons.
  10. Mrs. Baker (nee Vining) as Lady Elizabeth Freelove in "The Day After the Wedding"
    Image | 1823

    Half-length. Looking in mirror, arranging hair.
  11. Sir Squire Bancroft as Triplet in "Masks and Faces"
    Image | 1888

    Whole-length. Standing, face to right, pointing to portrait on a chair, roll of paper under left arm.
  12. Frank C. Bangs as the Sultan of Myra in "The Veteran"
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    Three-quarter length. Wearing jewelry and embroidered tunic, robe, and turban. Reproduction of a lithograph.
  13. Charles Bannister as Merlin in "Cymon"
    Image | 1778

    Whole-length. Wearing hat with plume, collar, cape, breeches
  14. Charles Bannister as Merlin in "Cymon"
    Image | 1778

    Whole-length. Wearing hat with plume, collar, cape, breeches
  15. Charles Bannister as Steady in "The Quaker"
    Image | 1804

    Half-length. Wearing tricorne hat
  16. Charles Bannister as Steady in "The Quaker"
    Image | 1777

    Whole-length. Wearing hat, wig, coat, waistcoat, breeches
  17. Elizabeth Bannister (nee Harper) as Rosetta in "Love in a Village"
    Image | 1778

    Whole-length. Wearing hat and dress with lace embellishments. With text: "Gentle Youth, ah! tell me why", Song 328.
  18. Portrait of John Bannister
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    Half-length.
  19. Portrait of William Abbot
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    Half-length. In Roman dress, wearing short sleeves, toga, and high collar.
  20. William Abbot as Colonel Mannering in "Guy Mannering"
    Image

    Whole length. Wearing long coat and boots, holding hat. With text: "I know you, and if you do not instantly descend those stairs, by the heaven above us, you shall take but one step from the top to the bottom."
  21. Portrait of Frances Abington (nee Barton)
    Image | 1779

    Whole-length. Hands clasped, wearing dress with rose embellishments and ruffles. With text: "Oh that dear Sparta! Their Women had a Noble Magna Charta."
  22. Portrait of Frances Abington (nee Barton)
    Image | 1772

    Half-length. Wearing glove only in right hand.
  23. Portrait of Frances Abington (nee Barton)
    Image

    Full-length. In restoration costume
  24. Frances Abington (nee Barton) as Aurelia in "The Twin Rivals"
    Image | 1777

    Whole-length. Wearing dress with ornaments and headdress with plumes, holding a fan. With text: "No, no, I'm resolved against a man that disappears all the summer like a Woodcock." Act II, Scene 1.
  25. Frances Abington (nee Barton) as Aurelia in "The Twin Rivals"
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    Three-quarter-length. Wearing dress with ornaments and headdress with plumes, holding fan. With text from Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson: "1811_June 16th___met the once celebrated Mrs. Abington__She herself laughed at her snub nose"
  26. Mary Anderson, possibly as Hermione in "The Winter's Tale"
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    Half-length. Probably shows the acress as Hermione.
  27. Portait of Mary Anderson in Albanian costume
    Image | 1888

    Half-length. With text: "Mary Anderson (in Albanian Costume) 1888".
  28. Mary Anderson as Juliet and Mrs. Stirling as Nurse
    Image | 1887

    Whole-length, standing together.
  29. Mary Anderson as Pauline in "The Lady of Lyons"
    Image

    Whole-length. Wearing hat and long gloves.
  30. Mary Anderson as Hermione in "The Winter's Tale"
    Image

    Whole-length. Standing, holding curtain. Printed in brown ink.
  31. Mary Anderson as Galatea in "Pygmalion and Galatea"
    Image

    Whole-length. Statue. Wearing sleeveless gown.
  32. Mary Anderson as Pauline in "The Lady of Lyons"
    Image

    Three-quarter-length. Wearing dress with beaded embellishments, necklace, hat.
  33. George H. Andrews as Luke the Laborer
    Image

    Whole-length. Wearing coat, waistcoat, breeches, and shoes with buckles.
  34. Henry Angelo as Mrs. Cole in "The Minor"
    Image | 1792

    Whole-length, seated. Wearing bonnet, shawl, and women's dress.
  35. Robert Armin on title page of "The History of the Two Maids of Moorclack"
    Image | 1790

    Whole-length. Engraved reprint of the original woodblock print, hand-lettered. With additional text: "Rober Armin was an Actor in Shakespeares' Plays"...
  36. Anthony Aston as one of the four characters in "The Fool's Opera"
    Image

    With text: "Anthony Aston. The earliest comedian known to have played in New York (circa 1702)". Lithographic reproduction of woodcut from a title page.
  37. Elizabeth Atkins (nee Warrell) as Selima in "Selima and Azor"
    Image | 1806

    Whole-length. Wearing hat with long train, holding flowers.
  38. Edward Atkins and Miss Emily Cross as Grumio and Curtis in a scene from "The Taming of the Shrew"
    Image

    Whole-length portrait, standing together in interior setting. With text: "Cu: Both on one horse? Gru: What's that to thee? tell thou the tale", Act 4, Scene 1.
  39. Elizabeth Austin as Rosetta in "Love in a Village"
    Image | 1822

    Half-length. Wearing hat and dress with ribbon embellishments.