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Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Richard 2nd, Act 1, Scene 3; Mr Cathcart as Norfolk. Mr Ryder as Bolingbroke 1857

Albumen print | 7.2 x 6.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2800799

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Photograph of a recreation of Act 1, Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's play Richard II. John Ryder as Henry Bolingbroke (on the right) and James Faucit Cathcart, who stands with his right arm raised as Thomas De Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, appear with two other actors who wear armour and another who wears a tunic with a turban.

This photograph documents Charles Kean's production of Richard II, with Kean in the title role. The production was shown at Princess's Theatre, London, where Kean presented many adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. The plays were distinguished for their elaborate scenery and attention to detail that included historically authentic costumes and music. Queen Victoria saw Kean's production of Richard II five times (Royal Archives reference VIC/MAIN/Z/115). A hand coloured set of photographs of this production by the photographer Laroche were presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert for Christmas 1857. 

  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

  • 7.2 x 6.1 cm (whole object)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged by Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Drama
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Theatre
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Armour