Charles Dickens and the theatre

Charles Dickens and the theatre

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Creator: Turner, R.
Title: Charles Dickens and the theatre
Dates: 1838-1933
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)
Abstract:The collection consists of pictures, scrapbooks, clippings from magazines and newspapers, typescripts of reviews of Nicholas Nickleby, programs, books and plays, engravings by R. Turner, 1838, for Nicholas Nickleby, pictures of actors and actresses, 18 pictures of Charles Dickens himself, scenes from plays, such as The only way (A tale of two cities), David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and others, a Christmas card, and covers of two pieces of music from two of Dickens' books: Dombey and son and Little Dorrit. Complete list available.
Coll. Number: ms907

Biographical/Historical Note

"[Charles Dickens was] born Feb. 7, 1812, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. [He] died June 9, 1870, Gad's Hill, near Chatham, Kent. [Dickens was an] English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. His many volumes include such works as A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and Our Mutual Friend."--"Dickens, Charles" Encyclopaedia Britannica


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Christmas cards--History--Sources.
Christmas cards.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Dombrey and Son
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Little Dorrit
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Oliver Twist
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Photographs
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Tale of two cities
Engravings (prints)
Reviews (document genre)
Theater programs.
Theater--History and criticism.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Dickens and the theatre. MS 907. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Small Pictures

1Jennie Lee as "Joe." (2 pictures)
Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" in "The Only Way." (7 pictures.)
Bransby Williams as various characters, Micawber, Uriah Heep, Peggotty, etc. (10 pictures.)
Miss Nellie Bowen in Oliver Twist (1 picture.)
Unidentified actor as "Jingle" in Pickwick Papers (2 pictures.)
Heather Angel and Douglass Montgomery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1 picture.)
Frank Lawton and Maureen O'Sullivan in David Copperfield (1 picture.)
W. C. Fields and Freddie Barthalomew in David Copperfield (1 picture.)
Postcard picture of "Gad's Hill, Residence of the late C. Dickens." Postmarked August 20, 1904 (1 picture.)
Small pictures: Gad's Hill, The Chalet, Gad's Hill, and "Bumble," Dickens' Dog

Series 2: Scrapbooks

1Scrapbook containing pictures and pasted clippings re The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1905 (18 pages)
Mr. Beerbohm Tree is featured as John Jasper in the play adapted by J. Comyns Carr.
Pasted clippings from newspapers, 1903 (9 pages)
re actors and theatre.
From: "The Connoisseur,", 1912 1922 and n. d. (10 pages.)
pictures of Charles Dickens
From: "The Connoisseur," pictures and advertisements, 1912 1932 and no date (8 pages.)
Dickens. One is a holograph letter from Dickens offered for sale, another a holograph poem written by Dickens at the age of 18 or 19. Both at Sotheby's.
From: "The Connoisseur,", 1901 (14 pages.)
Dickens Centenary Exhibition of Old Masters, New York: Includes a Dickens Stamp, Id.
From: "The Magazine of Art"-Charles Dickens and his less familiar Portraits. Illus. (5 pages.)
From: The Theatre
Turner, Henry-"Random Recollections.", September 1, 1885
Turner, Godfrey-"Boz and the Play.", April 1, 1885
Cook, Dutton-"The Prize Comedy.", August, 1882
Dickens, Charles-"Touching the Lord Chamberlin.", January 1, 1895
"The Round Table-Should Dramatic Critics Write Plays?" One of these articles is by Dickens, November 1, 1895
"The Round Table-Mr. H. A. Jones on the Renascence of the Drama" by Dickens, June 1, 1895
Dickens, Charles-"The London County Council and the Theatres", March 1, 1895
"Tom Pinch," Comedy, adapted from Martin Chuzzlewit Review, April 1, 1881

Series 3: Typescripts of Reviews of Play, Nicholas Nickleby

1Knight, Joseph-from The Athenaeum for, March 27, 1875
Review of Nicholas Nickleby from The Times, March 22, 1875
Review of Nicholas Nickleby from The Era, March 21, 1875
Scott, Clement(?)-Review of Nicholas Nickleby from The Telegraph, March 22, 1875
Review of Nicholas Nickleby from the Morning Post, March 22, 1875
Review of Nicholas Nickleby from The Examiner, March 27, 1875

Series 4: Programs

1Oliver Twist, Lyceum, March 11, 1933
David Copperfield, His Majesty's Theatre, 1915 n. d.
mounted on board, on verso: Programs of musicals dated
Every Man in His Humour, Miss Kelly's Theatre, September 20, 1845
penciled on bottom of program "Dickens as Capt. Bobadil. Forster as Kitely." Note: At top of program "Strictly Private. Amateur Performance."
Oliver Twist (Film), Palais De Luxe, n. d.
Starring Jackie Coogan as Oliver.
The Only Way, Royal Lyceum, February 16, 1899
A Tale of Two Cities
The Only Way-Book of photographs of the Actors and Actresses

Series 5: Books and Plays

1Dickens, Charles- Oliver Twist, an adaptation by Russell Thorndike London. Raphael Tuok and Sons Ltd. n. d. Book, [ca 1948]
illustrated with scenes from the Cineguild Film Production.
Dickens, Charles- Oliver Twist. London, Paul Elek and World Film Productions. Book, 1948
Illustrated with scenes from the New Cineguild Film Production.
Pagan, Isabella M. The Gentleman in the Next House: A Comedy. London, J. M. Dent & Co. Play, 1900
Adapted from "Nicholas Nickleby."
Stirling, Edward- Nicholas Nickleby, A Farce, in Two Acts. London, Chapman & Hall, No date
Taken from the popular work of that name, by "Boz."
Almar, George- Oliver Twist, A Serio-Comic Burletta in Three Acts. London, Chapman & Hall, No date

Series 6: Pictures

Subseries 6a: General Pictures

1A collection of engravings by R. Turner for Nicholas Nickleby, 1838 (25)
1Mr. William Attwood as "Job Trotter," in the burletta of "Sam Weller."
1Mr. Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" in The Only Way
1Mr. Martin Harvey, photograph, autographed
1"Kate Comes to Stay with Ralph Nickleby." Gilbert Hare
1Mr. H. Parker (sketch of Fagin in background) quotation: "A Good Old Man" (from Richard III, Act. 2, sc. 2.)
1Mr. Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" (in color) (2 pictures)
1Mr. J. P. Harley of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
1Augustus Egg. (Amateur with C. Dickens)
1Joseph Jefferson as "Newman Noggs" in Nicholas Nickleby
1Mr. Clarence Holt. "Shakespeare, Dickens, or Sir Walter Scott." "As You Like It."
1Geo. Graves as "Micawber." (Waiting for a lamp to turn up.)
1Scene from "The Battle of Life," at the Lyceum Theatre. Clemency, Mrs. Keeley. Britain, Mr. Keeley
1J. P. Harley as the "Strange Gentleman." (color)
1Engraved cartoons. Various captions (6)
1Hop Pole Hotel (Postcard)
1"The Artful Dodger" from Oliver Twist
1Gad's Hill, Kent (engraving)
1Scenes from David Copperfield (4 pages, 13 pictures)
1Mr. Frederick Ross as "Ham," and Miss Jessie Winter as "Little Em'ly."
1Mr. Charles Quartermaine as "Uriah Heep," and Mr. Owen Nares as "David Copperfield."
1Miss Jessie Winter as "Little Em'ly."
1Mr. Basil Gill as "James Steerforth."
1Miss Mary Clare as "Martha Endell"
1Mr. Owen Nares as "David Copperfield"
1Miss Evelyn Millard as "Agnes Wickfield"
1Sir Herbert Tree as "Dan'l Peggotty" on verso of page 2
1Mr. and Mrs. Micawber and their family in the hold of an emigrant ship
1Mr. Micawber, in the office of Wickfield and Heep, is restrained by Traddles and David Copperfield from a personal attack on Uriah Heep
1Little Em'ly is brought to Dan'l Peggotty's boat-house by Ham, as his promised wife
1"Dan'l and Little Em'ly, Sir Herbert and Miss Jessie Winter. (separate page, not like above). "Mr. Micawber" (Sir Herbert Tree?)
1"A striking poster of David Copperfield
1Miss Jennie Lee as "Jo." (2 pictures)
1Little Nell and her Grandfather
1Two scenes from Oliver Twist
1Nancy and Fagin
1Bill Sikes and Fagin

Subseries 6b: Pictures of Dickens

1Charles Dickens speaking at the Adelphi Theatre, March 1856
1Charles Dickens as a young man (hand colored)
1Charles Dickens by Cruikshank
1-Charles Dickens, from a photo by The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co., Ltd.
1Charles Dickens, his wife and her sister, 1842
Drawn by Maclise
1Charles Dickens, (autographed?)
1Charles Dickens, as he appeared during his last reading of "Christmas Carol" at St. James' Hall, March 15, 1870
1Charles Dickens, (autographed?)
1Charles Dickens, 1843 1859 1868 (3 on 1 piece of paper)
1Charles Dickens-A Reverie. Born February 7, 1812, Died June 9, 1870, 1812 1870
Photograph of Dickens, surrounded by little sketches of his characters.
1Charles Dickens (large engraving)
1Charles Dickens reading to his daughters, circa 1865
From a photograph by R. H. Mason. Remarque: Charles Dickens the Younger.
1Charles Dickens, Engraved by E. Stodart, 1868
1Charles Dickens, From a photograph by C. Watkins, 1861
Remarque: Charles Dickens, from a photograph.
1Charles Dickens, photograph of marble bust, 1870
1Charles Dickens, engraved by Stodart after Rudolph Lehman, 1861
1Charles Dickens, From a Daguerreotype by Henri Claudet. Photo-engraved by Messrs. Annan & Swan, circa. 1852
1Charles Dickens reading "The Chimes", 1844

Series 7: Miscellaneous

1Clear-vue folders of clippings, advertisements of plays, tickets, and pictures (Two)
Christmas Card, "Notes from 'A Christmas Carol'," from J. G. Birkby (One)
Covers of pieces of Music (two)
Walter and Florence (from Dombey and Son)
Little Dorrit's Polka (from Little Dorrit)