Irving Disher Collection

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Maurice Willson Disher collection on Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre Company
Creator: Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905
Call Number: D.181
Dates: 1880-1939
Physical Description: 6 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Theaters
Subseries I: Lyceum Theatre
Subseries II: Theatre Royal Alexandria, Liverpool, September 1881
Series III: Tours
Subseries I: American tour, 1883-1884
Subseries II: American tour, 1884-1885
Subseries III: "Madame Sans-Gene" provincial tour, 1897
Subseries IV: Provincial tour, 1902-1903
Subseries V: American tour, 1903-1904
Subseries VI: Provincial tour, Summer 1904
Subseries VII: Provincial tour, Fall 1904
Subseries VIII: "Richard Lovelace" tour, May-December 1904
Series IV: Printed material
Subseries I: Miscellaneous material
Subseries II: Laurence Irving
Subseries III: Lady Irving
Subseries IV: Maurice Willson Disher
Subseries V: Henry Irving
Subseries VI: Clippings, pictures, etc.
Collection Overview
Title: Maurice Willson Disher collection on Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre Company
Creator: Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905
Call Number: D.181
Dates: 1880-1939
Physical Description: 6 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Irving took over the management of the Lyceum Theatre in August, 1878, and was identified with that theatre until 1902. The Lyceum company toured the English provinces every autumn presenting plays from the London season. In October, 1883, the company made the first of eight American tours.

Scope and Content
The Maurice Willson Disher collection on Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre Company consists of material relating to the English actor Henry Irving (1838-1905) and the Lyceum Theatre company, assembled by Maurice Willson Disher (1893-1969), English critic and author. The bulk of the material, including correspondence, financial records, and memorabilia, survived a clearance of the Lyceum Theatre sometime after 1903. Disher purchased them at an auction.

The material in the collection pertains to the American tours of 1883-1884, 1884-1885, and 1903-1904, as well as provincial tours in 1881, 1897, 1902-1903, and 1904. In addition, there is correspondence and other records related to the provincial tour of Victorien Sardou's play, "Madame Sans-Gene," which Irving had produced in London in April, 1897, and toured in that autumn.

The collection also includes a group of materials related to Laurence Irving's tour of the play, "Richard Lovelace," from May to December, 1904. Laurence was the son of Sir Henry Irving.

The correspondence includes letters to Irving and his secretary Bram Stoker asking a variety of favors. Some ask that Irving contribute time or money to various charitable organizations; others ask for advances on salaries or for jobs as actors or scenery painters; some concern articles on drama Irving or Stoker were asked to contribute to magazines. There are also approximately 150 letters to George Alexander and Norman Forbes-Robertson regarding Irving's funeral.

The final section of the collections consists of printed material about Irving collected by Maurice Willson Disher, including newspaper and periodical clippings, prints, and photographs. Most notable are five original pen-and-ink sketches of Irving by an unknown artist, and portraits of Irving by Aubrey Beardsley and William Nicholson.

The souvenir programs were removed to the printed book collection (Box 6 includes duplicates) and the theatre programs and playbills were added to the Department's Theatre Program Collection.

Subject(s):
England
Theater
Theatrical companies
Correspondence
Financial records
Photographs
Drawings
Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905
Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912
Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Forbes, Norman, 1858-1932
Lyceum Theatre (London, England)
Dramatists, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from George S. MacManus Co., June 1, 1983 on the Wilson Family Fund and subsequent purchases.Access
The Maurice Willson Disher collection on Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre Company is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Maurice Willson Disher collection on Henry Irving and the Lyceum Theatre Company, D.181, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
See also: Letters from Henry Irving to E.Y. Lowne and others are housed in the "Theatre Manuscript Collection" file drawers; the Henry Arthur Jones Papers (D.228) includes the holograph manuscript of "The Shadow of Henry Irving," by Henry Arthur Jones

See also: Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1-15Correspondence, 1883-1905, undated
Series II: Theaters
Subseries I: Lyceum Theatre
Box 2, Folder 1Miscellaneous receipts, 1880-1886
Box 2, Folder 2Index to legal documents, 1881-1888
Box 5Periodical articles about the Lyceum Theatre and company
Oversize box, shelved in Alcove 6

Advertisement for the Theatre Royal Lyceum
The Strand Magazine, [1890] ("A First Night at the Lyceum")
Illustrated London News, August 16, 1884 ("Twelfth Night at the Lyceum")
Daily Graphic, January 6, 1891 ("Sketches at the Revival of 'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Lyceum"); September 11, 1891 ("The Reopening of the Lyceum"); February 7, 1893, ("'Becket': Sketches at the Production"); September 24, 1894 ("Mr. Irving at Bristol"); June 18, 1900 ("Sir Henry Irving's Return"); December 24, 1900 ("Shakespeare at the Lyceum")
The Graphic, January 2, 1886 ("Faust at the Lyceum Theatre"); February 17, 1894 ("Besieging the Pit Door"); April 21, 1894 ("The Return of Mr. Henry Irving); September 28, 1895 ("'Romeo and Juliet' at the Lyceum")
Box 6Souvenir programs of Henry Irving Productions at the Lyceum Theatre
Souvenir of Macbeth, December 29, 1888
Souvenir of Ravenswood, September 20, 1890
Souvenir of Shakespeare's historical play King Henry the Eighth, January 5, 1892
Souvenir of Shakespeare's King Lear, November 10, 1892
Souvenir of Becket, February 6, 1893
Souvenir of Madame Sans-Gene, April 10, 1897
Subseries II: Theatre Royal Alexandria, Liverpool, September 1881
Box 2, Folder 3Salary lists
Box 2, Folder 4Miscellaneous receipts
Box 2, Folder 5Box office returns
Series III: Tours
Subseries I: American tour, 1883-1884
Box 2, Folder 6Steamship "City of Rome": plan and passenger list to New York
Box 2, Folder 7Steamship "City of Chester": Passenger list New York to Liverpool
Subseries II: American tour, 1884-1885
Box 2, Folder 8Schedule
Box 2, Folder 9Steamship "Parisian": plan and passenger list to Quebec
Box 2, Folder 10Expenses
Printed forms

Box 2, Folder 11Accounts, cash received
Box 2, Folder 12Customs declaration for scenery
Box 2, Folder 13Marine insurance policy
Box 2, Folder 14Receipts for props
Box 2, Folder 15Advertising accounts, London newspapers
Box 2, Folder 16Miscellaneous memos and notes
Box 2, Folder 17Final statement
Box 2, Folder 18Press cuttings
Subseries III: "Madame Sans-Gene" provincial tour, 1897
Box 2, Folder 19Company list
Box 2, Folder 20Miscellaneous memos and notes
Box 2, Folder 21Receipts for author's fee
Box 2, Folder 22Receipts for souvenir programs
Box 2, Folder 23-26Final returns, November 1897-May 1898
Subseries IV: Provincial tour, 1902-1903
Box 3, Folder 1List of vouchers missing
Subseries V: American tour, 1903-1904
Box 3, Folder 2Expense sheet
Box 3, Folder 3Super's salary list
Box 3, Folder 4Wardrobe pay sheet
Box 3, Folder 5Carpenter's department pay sheet
Box 3, Folder 6Property department pay sheet
Box 3, Folder 7Final returns, St. Louis
Box 3, Folder 8Miscellaneous receipts
Box 3, Folder 9Overtime account
Box 3, Folder 10Petty cash account
Subseries VI: Provincial tour, Summer 1904
Box 3, Folder 11Expense sheet
Box 3, Folder 12Property bill
Subseries VII: Provincial tour, Fall 1904
Box 3, Folder 13Box office returns
Box 3, Folder 14Expense sheets
Box 3, Folder 15Advance accounts
Box 3, Folder 16Baggage receipts
Box 3, Folder 17Printing and advertisements
Box 3, Folder 18Props and lighting
Subseries VIII: "Richard Lovelace" tour, May-December 1904
Box 3, Folder 25Accounts
Box 3, Folder 26Receipts for expenses
Box 3, Folder 27-28Final returns, May-December 1904
None for August

Box 3, Folder 29Agreement with Crown Theatre, Peckham
Box 3, Folder 30Printed notice, The Incubus
Box 3, Folder 31Miscellaneous final returns, 1908-1911
Series IV: Printed material
Subseries I: Miscellaneous material
Box 3, Folder 19Past due taxes, London, 1883
Box 3, Folder 20Bedford Street accounts, November-December, 1904
Box 3, Folder 21Steamship "Magic" plan, undated
Box 3, Folder 22Summaries of receipts, undated
Box 3, Folder 23Unidentified fragments, undated
Box 5Sheet music
Oversize box, shelved in Alcove 6

"The Uncle, as Recited by Mr. Henry Irving." Composed by Julius Benedict. London, 1882. Picture of Henry Irving on cover (have cover only)
"Into Thy Hands." Written and composed by Newman Wolsey. London, n.d. Picture of Henry Irving on cover.
Box 5Portraits of others
Overize box, shelved in Alcove 6

"Miss Ellen Terry as Margurite" (printed by Gebbie Co., 1887)
"Mr. Tree's Twelfth Shakespearian Production. Ellen Terry," in Daily Graphic, September 6, 1906
"Mr. H.B. Irving at the Waldorf Theatre," in Daily Graphic, October 26, 1905
"Mr. H.B. Irving"
"Mr. Laurence Irving." in Vanity Fair, Supplement, no. 2303.
"Miss Marion Terry, Now Appearing in Guy Domville...," in The Sketch, January 9, 1895.
J.L. Toole (photograph)
Subseries II: Laurence Irving
Box 3, Folder 24Correspondence, 1904-1914
Subseries III: Lady Irving
Box 3, Folder 32Lady Irving's household receipts, 1904-1905
Subseries IV: Maurice Willson Disher
Box 3, Folder 33Correspondence
Box 3, Folder 34Clippings about Irving and Lyceum Theatre material
Subseries V: Henry Irving
Box 4, Folder 1Photographs
See also Box 5

Box 4, Folder 2Portraits
See also Box 5

Box 5Portraits of Henry Irving
Oversize box, shelved in Alcove 6

Aubrey Beardsley. A study of Henry Irving
Etching and gravure

William Nicholson. Sir Henry Irving (woodcut)
Gordon Craig [Portrait of Henry Irving] (woodcut)
H. Herbert Beaumont. [Portrait of Henry Irving] (ink and watercolor)
Phil May. "Don Quixote." Drawing of Irving published in The Sketch, May 8, 1895.
Hiram Stead. "The Irvingite" (pen and ink drawing)
Thomas Downey. "Studies in Expression; Sir Henry Irving at Rehearsal." (printed reproduction of drawings)
[Portrait of Henry Irving] published in Touchstone or the New Era (May 4, 1878).
"Henry Irving" (reproduction of an engraving after a photograph by Warwick Brookes)
"Sir Henry Irving" (photogravure from "The Candid Friend" Portraits, June 29, 1901.
"Mr. Henry Irving" (engraving by Wallart Boutall).
Box 5Portraits of Henry Irving in character
Oversize box, shelved in Alcove 6

"Mr. Henry Irving as Mephistopheles - Faust; Henry Irving in His Dressing Room" (facsimile of the original drawing by Alfred Bryan)
"Mr. Henry Irving as 'Mephistopheles'" (reproduction of a wood engraving)
"Mr Henry Irving (Hamlet)" (reproduction of lithographs) 2 copies
"Henry Irving as Hamlet (Act II, Scene II)" (gravure, Gebbie Co., c1867)
[Henry Irving as Hamlet] (reproduction of an engraving after a sculpture]
"Mr. Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey" (reproduced from a photograph by W D. Downey) Grayscale.
"Sir Henry Irving" (Wolsey). Reproduced from a photograph by W. D. Downey. Colored.
[Henry Irving as Wolsey?] Inscribed photograph to William Winter
[Henry Irving as Wolsey?] artist unknown. Reproduction of a lithograph
Box 4, Folder 3Printed material - memoirs
Box 4, Folder 4Printed material - newspaper clippings
Box 5Periodical articles about Henry Irving
Oversize box, shelved in Alcove 6

Moonshine, March 5, 1881 [Irving and Edwin Booth]
Daily Graphic, January 27, 1891 ("A British Dramatic School");October 16, 1905 ("Henry Irving; the Story of His Career")
The Graphic, February 6, 1892 ("Mr. Henry Irving at the Lyceum"); January 19, 1895 ("'King Arthur' at the Lyceum"); May 11, 1895("Mr. Irving as Don Quixote at the Lyceum"); July 27, 1895 ("Presentation to Sir Henry Irving on Receiving His Title)
Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, February 6, 1892 ("'Hamlet' at the Haymarket"); June 5, 1897 ("Sir Henry Irving at Canterbury)
The Sketch, September 25, 1880 ("The Corsican Brothers"); August 22, 1894 ("A Group of Noble Danes")
Picture Post, July 15, 1939 ("History of 100 Years in Photographs: Number 13. The Stage)
Box 6Reading copies of speeches given by Henry Irving
Speech given at the Playgoer's Club dinner, February 12, 1893
Speech given in Sunderland, October 28, 1904
Speech given in Liverpool, November 30, 1904
Speech given in Manchester, December 4, 1904
Speech given at the dedication of a monument to James Quinn in Bath
Subseries VI: Clippings, pictures, etc.
Box 4, Folder 5Lady Irving and Irving descendants
Box 4, Folder 6Henry Brodribb Irving
Box 4, Folder 7Laurence Irving
Box 4, Folder 8Ellen Terry
Box 4, Folder 9Lyceum Theatre
Box 4, Folder 10Marion Terry
Box 4, Folder 11Kate Terry (Mrs. Arthur Terry-Lewis)
Box 4, Folder 12Mary Anderson
Box 4, Folder 13Miscellaneous Lyceum actors


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