As I wrote last week, I am currently cataloguing new material for a Theatre list, which will go out next month. I love lithography, and so was particularly interested in researching this, from 1823:
It’s an apparently unrecorded publication: four fine large hand-coloured lithograph portraits of four leading performers of the day, each accompanied by a two-page biography, printed in letterpress, preserved here in the original publisher’s wrappers. The actors are Edmund Kean, John Liston, John Cooper, and Catherine Stephens, all of them depicted in character: Kean as Othello; Liston as Apollo Belvi in Theodore Hook’s farce Killing no Murder; Cooper as Edgar in King Lear; Stephens as Lucy Bertram in Guy Mannering.
The publisher, William Sheldrick, is listed in Michael Twyman’s Directory of London Lithographic Printers as being active in the 1820s, but I can locate no other book publications produced by him. The cover here is marked ‘No. 1’, and perhaps further parts followed. The Harry Beard Collection at the V&A possesses the portraits of Cooper and Stephens as individual prints (as well as the image of Kean as reissued by Dean & Mundy, c.1830), along with three others published by Sheldrick of the actors Robert William Elliston, Sarah West (both dated May 1823), and William Charles Macready (dated December 1823).
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