Thew, Robert. Fanny Kemble (Butler) as Isabella, “Merciful Heaven!” New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., 1859. Engraving by Robert Thew of Fanny Kemble Butler in costume as Isabella in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The sheet measures 10 in x 7 ¼ in, with a vignette-decorated border of scenes from the play around an oval image, showing Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble Butler (1809-1893) in a full-figure pose. Once an illustration in a book, now disbound, with original tissue guard still attached, now torn. Slight chipping of the upper right-hand corner of the sheet, with no image loss.
Fanny Kemble retired from the stage to marry Pierce Mease Butler in 1834. The couple divorced in 1849, following a protracted court battle and the publication of Fanny’s diary about the treatment of slaves on the plantations of her husband’s vast slaveholdings, Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-1839.
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Mrs Sarah Egerton as Helen MacGregor a Foil Etching Collage Mounted in a Hand-Painted Watercolor Landscape 1837
Shakespeare’s Works Illustrated by John Gilbert in Six Volumes 1866
George Frederick Cooke as Iago in Othello William Ridley Etching December 31 1800
Original Cruikshank Sketch Signed Twice Inscribed 1875 Presented to Walter Hines Page
John Roach Authentic Memoirs of the Green Room First Edition 1796 Extra-Illustrated with Four Portraits
A Collection of Newspaper Clippings Documenting the Press Coverage of the Divorce of Shakespearean Actor Edwin Forrest from His Wife Catherine N Forrest for Adultery in 1850 to 1853 Collected and Kept by the Edwin Forrest Lodge No 2 American Order of Freemasonry
William Makepeace Thackeray Essay On George Cruikshank 1884 Profusely Extra-Illustrated Archive of Ephemera Bound in a Book
American Slavery as It Is Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses Published by the American Anti-Slavery Society 1839 by Theodore Dwight Weld
Antislavery Denunciation of Methodist Episcopal Church The Brotherhood of Thieves Or A True Picture of the American Church and Clergy by Stephen S Foster 1843
Slavery Debate in British Parliament 1806 with Fold-out Slave Ship Illustration