Prints Collection, 1669-1906 (bulk 1775-1825).

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Prints Collection, 1669-1906 (bulk 1775-1825).

Prints Collection, 1669-1906 (bulk 1775-1825).

The Prints Collection consists of ca. 8,000 prints, the great majority of which depict British and American theatrical performers in character or in personal portraits. Most of the collection, located in the Individuals series, consists of prints of ca. 2,400 Britons and Americans. Portrayed in busts, half- to full-length portraits, scenes from plays, or caricatures are actors, playrights and composers, dancers, theatrical managers, popular performers, and concert artists; and, to a lesser extent, poets and novelists, European royalty, members of the British peerage, statesmen, religious and military leaders, and medical doctors. The Theatrical Prints series contains ca. 100 prints which do not depict a particular person but have a dramatic theme. About three quarters of these prints depict scenes from plays in which the actors are not identified; many are idealized representations of characters and settings. The remainder of the prints pertain to a variety of theatrical subjects ranging from wax museums to religious processions, with more material pertaining to the commedia dell'arte than to any other topic. The Works of Art and Miscellany series consists of ca. 60 landscapes, romanticized or idealized scenes, and assorted images, including invertible pictures of faces in which a second face can be seen when the print is viewed upside down.

8,000 items in 54 document boxes, 7 oversize boxes (33.38 linear feet).

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