Arthur W. McDonald collection of theatre engravings and playbills

Arthur W. McDonald collection of theatre engravings and playbills

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McDonald, Arthur W.
Title: Arthur W. McDonald collection of theatre engravings and playbills
Dates: Bulk, 1770-1820
Dates: 1767-1915
Quantity: 7.25 Linear feet (6 volumes, 21 items, and 1 box)
Coll. Number: ms3762

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur W. McDonald, former chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Charleston, is the author of several works about the Yorkshire theatre including The Yorkshire stage, 1766-1803 : a calendar of plays, together with cast lists for Tate Wilkinson's circuit of theatres (Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, Pontefract, Wakefield, and York) and the Yorkshire Company's engagements in Beverley, Halifax, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Edinburgh .

Scope and Content Note

This collection of 17th and 18th century British theatre playbills and engravings documents the Yorkshire theatre circuit and non-Yorkshire theatre. Of note are playbills and engravings related to the Kemble family, Elizabeth Inchbald, and productions at Drury Lane and Covent Gardens.


This collection is organized into 6 series: Yorkshire engravings, Non-Yorkshire engravings, playbills, threatre buildings, Kemble family, and miscellaneous.

Index Terms

Actors--Great Britain.
Covent Garden Theatre.
Drury Lane Theatre.
Engravings (prints)
Garrick, David, 1717-1779
Inchbald, Mrs., 1753-1821
Kemble, Charles, 1775-1854
Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823
Kemble, Roger, Roger, 1722-1802
Siddons, Sarah, 1755-1831
Theater--Great Britain--History.
Theater--Great Britain.
Theaters--England--London--Stage-setting and scenery.
Theatre Royal. (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Arthur W. McDonald collection of theatre engravings and playbills, ms 3762, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Processing Information note

For each engraving the following is provided (if known): play, character, actor, and date. The playbills include the following information (if known): location, play, afterpiece, actors, benefit, and date.

Related Material

Collections in the Hargrett Library: Frances Anne Kemble letters, ms 1601, ms 2240, ms 2434; William Henry West Betty Theatre Royal playbill collection, ms 2812; Theater Program Collection, ms 3521

Collections in Other Repositories: Yorkshire Theatres playbills and posters, Theatre Royal Archive, York St. John University Playbills for Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters, Bancroft, University of California Broadside Playbills collection, Princeton University

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Yorkshire Engravings

11Baddley-Suspicious-Strickland, 1776
2Bannister, John-Suspicious-Dick, undated
3Barry--Almida, undated
4Bennett--Portrait, 1808
5Bennett--Lucius Catline, undated
6Bernard, John--Portrait, 1794
7Bernard, John-Suspicious-Jack Meggot, undated
8Bernard, John-Suspicious-Jack Meggot (2 copies), 1794
9Bland--Miss Notable, 1785
10Bulkeley-Love's Labour's-Prince of France, 1785
11Carey, G. S.--Portrait, undated
12Caulfield-Charactacus-, 1783
13Clarke-Eurydice-Phocles, 1777
14Collin-Lying Valet-Sharp, 1806
15Cornleys--Lingo, undated
16Crouch-Beggar's Opera-Polly, 1791
17Cummins-Charactacus (photocopy)-Charactacus, undated
18Death, T.--Portrait, 1782
19De Camp-False Delicacy-Miss Rivers, 1788
20Diamond, William--Portrait, 1799
21Dignum--Portrait, 1808
22Dimond-Wonder-Don Felix, 1792
23Dodd-Love Makes A-Clodio, 1777
24Dodd-Drummer-Tinsel, 1777
25Dodd-Careless Husband-Lord Foppington, 1776
26Dodd--Taddle, 1780
27Dodd-Cymon-Linco, 1778
28Edwin-Plain Dealer-Jerry Blackacre, undated
29Edwin--Benefit Ticket, undated
30Edwin--Portrait, 1812
31Elliston-Mountaineers-Octavian, undated
32Emery--Farmer Ashfield, 1825
33Esten-Venice Preserved-Belvidera, 1794
34Esten-Discovery-Lady Flutter, 1793
35Esten--Portrait, 1804
36Farme-Midsummer-Hermia, 1785
37Fawcett--Portrait, undated
38Gough-Zenobia-Zenobia, undated
39Cooke, G. F.--Portrait, undated
40Heard-Twin Rivals-Aurelia, 1796
41Holland--Portrait, undated
42Holman-Douglas-Douglas, undated
43Holman, Warren--Young Belmont /, undated
44Holman-Albina-Edward, 1797
45Holman-King John-Faulconbridge, 1786
46Hopkins, P.-Lady's Last Stake-Miss Notable, 1778
47Hopkins-Funeral-Lady Brumpton, 1777
48Hopkins, P.-Country Lasses-Aura (2 copes), 1778
49Hull-Cymbeline-Pisanio, undated
49Hunter-Ulysses-Penelope, 1778
50Inchbald--Portrait, 1785
51Inchbald, Elizabet--Portraits, undated
52Inchbald--5 Portraits / Playwright, 1800
53Inchbald--Portraits, 1819
54Inchbald--Portrait (color), 1794
55Inchbald--Portrait, undated
56Inchbald--Portrait, undated
57Inchbald-Lady Jane Grey-Lady Jane Grey, 1791
58Inchbald--Portrait, undated
59Inchbald--Portrait, 1798
60Jefferson--Portrait, 1804
61Johnston, H.--Portrait, 1812
62Johnston, H.--Portrait, 1805