Tuesday, February 10, 2015

English Theatrical and Cinema Bookplates-Part 3

My input for this project is just about complete. As I get additional items they will be added to the blog postings.I hope that other collectors will find the time to  to send scans of bookplates which can be added to to this repository.Over a period of time it will grow and become a very useful resource .

Send your scans to   Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

Michael Redgrave

Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE (20 March 1908 – 21 March 1985) was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.His bookplate was designed by Keith Vaughn


Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry  (1847-1928)

"Dame Ellen TerryGBE  was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain.
Born into a family of actors, Terry began performing as a child, acting in Shakespeare plays in London and toured throughout the British provinces as a teen. At 16 she married the 46-year-old artist George Frederic Watts, but they separated within a year. She soon returned to the stage but began a relationship with the architect Edward William Godwin and left performing for six years. She resumed acting in 1874 and was immediately acclaimed for her portrayal of roles in Shakespeare and other classics.
In 1878 she joined Henry Irving's company as his leading lady, and for more than the next two decades she was considered the leading Shakespearean and comic actress in Britain. Two of her most famous roles were Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She and Irving also toured with great success in America Canada and Britain."

REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Terry

I recently started reading A Strange Eventful History by Michael Holroyd .The book is about the dramatic lives of  Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families.It has stimulated my interest in victorian theatrical celebrities.Within the book are s eight line sketch drawings of bookplates by Gordon Craig.

Gordon Craig designed his mother's  bookplates.    On one of them she hand wrote  travel instructions.

Clement Scott

"Clement William Scott (6 October 1841 – 25 June 1904) was an influential English theatre critic for the Daily Telegraph and other journals, and a playwright, lyricist, translator and travel writer, in the final decades of the 19th century. His style of criticism, acerbic, flowery and (perhaps most importantly) carried out on the first night of productions, set the standard for theatre reviewers through to today."
REF:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Scott


Henry Urwick (1859–1931), as Shylock(from 'The Merchant of Venice')

by Walter Chamberlain Urwick

© the artist's estate
photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

The artist's initials on this bookplate are  G.H.H.

  1. Edward Smith Willard
  2. Bookplate engraved by  Thomas George Johnson (1844-1904)
    "Edward Smith Willard (1853–1915) also known professionally as E. S. Willard, was an English actor. He was born at Brighton and made his debut upon the stage at Weymouth in The Lady of Lyons in 1869. He then toured with E. A. Sothern and later joined various stock companies. Coming to London in 1875, he played Antonio in The Merchant of Venice with Charles Rice in 1876.[2] After a varied experience in Shakespearean and other plays, in 1881 he was engaged by Wilson Barrett at the Princess Theatre, where he played in The Lights of LondonThe Silver King, and other well-known pieces. In 1886 he made a hit asJim the Penman at the Haymarket.
    One of his greatest successes was his production of The Middleman by H. A. Jones, at the Shaftesbury in 1889, he himself creating the part of Cyrus Blenkarn. He came to the United States in 1890, and made his first appearance at Palmer's Theatre (later, Wallack's Theatre) in New York, November 10, 1890, when he again acted in the powerful play of "The Middleman," by Henry Arthur Jones, and the greeting that hailed him was that of earnest respect.
    When Willard played the part of Judah Llewellyn for the first time in America, December 29, 1890, at Palmer's Theatre, he gained a verdict of emphatic admiration. Willard had long been known and esteemed, in New York, by the dramatic profession and by those persons who habitually observed the changing aspects of the Stage on both sides of the ocean, but to the American public his name had been comparatively strange. He sailed to England, then returned again to the United States in 1896, remaining till 1903, when he made 13 American tours.

    In 1906, he retired from the stage, but returned on special occasions, as in 1911 for the gala performance at His Majesty's Theatre, London, to play the part of Brutus in the forum scene from julius Caesar.
    In 1875 Willard married Emily Waters, the daughter of a government civil servant attached to theWoolwich Arsenal station in London. Emily Waters was originally an actress but later turned to writing children’s stories and plays under the pseudonym Rachel Penn.
    Edward Smith Willard was the uncle of Shakespearen actor Edmund Willard and the great-uncle of children's author Barbara Willard. Willard died in London on 9 November 1915."

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