'Othello' Tinsel Picture, 1830-1870
A Theatrical Tinsel Picture by Archibald Park (Leonard Street, Finsbury, 1830-1870)
depicting Mr (Edmund) Kean as Othello, hand-coloured engraving, the figure cut-out and mounted against paper, with 'tinsel' collage decoration, in a 1920s wooden frame with glass
37cm x 31cm
Stock Reference: LH 1811
Reference: A similar tinsel picture of 'Mr Kean as Othello' can be seen at Smallhythe Place, Kent, in the collection of the National Trust. The same tinsel picture is also illustrated on the Royal Shakespeare Company website.
Literature: George Speaight, The Juvenile Drama, Macdonald, 1946, pp. 146-153.
A Note From Luke
Tinsel prints were created from etched portraits of theatrical stars in popular roles they played on the London stage. They were hand-painted in watercolour and decorated with scraps of material and tinsel additions. They were popular during the first half of the 19th century and were considered an adult, rather than a child's hobby. By the 1830s it was possible to buy the tinsel, leather and feather ornaments to go with each image.
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