Charles Dickens theatre collection

Charles Dickens theatre collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Creator: Turner, R.
Title: Charles Dickens theatre collection
Dates: 1838-1933
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)
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

Scope and Content Note

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.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Christmas cards.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Engravings (prints)
Theater programs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Charles Dickens theatre collection, ms907, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. 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
From: The Theatre - Turner, Godfrey-"Boz and the Play.", April 1, 1885
From: The Theatre - Cook, Dutton-"The Prize Comedy.", August, 1882
From: The Theatre - Dickens, Charles-"Touching the Lord Chamberlin.", January 1, 1895
From: The Theatre - "The Round Table-Should Dramatic Critics Write Plays?" One of these articles is by Dickens, November 1, 1895
From: The Theatre - "The Round Table-Mr. H. A. Jones on the Renascence of the Drama" by Dickens, June 1, 1895
From: The Theatre - Dickens, Charles-"The London County Council and the Theatres", March 1, 1895
From: The Theatre - "Tom Pinch," Comedy, adapted from Martin Chuzzlewit Review, April 1, 1881
Oliver Twist, Lyceum - program, March 11, 1933
David Copperfield, His Majesty's Theatre - program, 1915 n. d.
mounted on board, on verso: Programs of musicals dated
Every Man in His Humour, Miss Kelly's Theatre - program, 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 - program, n. d.
Starring Jackie Coogan as Oliver.
Reviews of the play, Nicholas Nickleby, 1875
Typescripts of reviews of Nicholas Nickleby from 1875 printed in The Athenaeum, The Times, The Era, The Telegraph, the Morning Post, and The Examiner
1Walter and Florence (from Dombey and Son)
Little Dorrit's Polka (from Little Dorrit)

2. Images

Variety of small images
Small pictures of: Jennie Lee as "Joe"; Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" in The Only Way; Bransby Williams as various characters, including "Micawber," "Uriah Heep," "Peggotty"; Miss Nellie Bowen in Oliver Twist; Unidentified actor as "Jingle" in Pickwick Papers; Heather Angel and Douglass Montgomery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Frank Lawton and Maureen O'Sullivan in David Copperfield; W.C. Fields and Freddie Barthalomew in David Copperfield;
Postcard picture of "Gad's Hill, Residence of the late C. Dickens," postmarked August 20, 1904
Small pictures: Gad's Hill, The Chalet, Gad's Hill, and "Bumble," Dickens' Dog
1Collection of engravings by R. Turner for Nicholas Nickleby, 1838 (25)
Mr. William Attwood as "Job Trotter," in the burletta of "Sam Weller."
Mr. Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" in The Only Way
Mr. Martin Harvey, photograph, autographed
"Kate Comes to Stay with Ralph Nickleby." Gilbert Hare
Mr. H. Parker (sketch of Fagin in background) quotation: "A Good Old Man" (from Richard III, Act. 2, sc. 2.)
Mr. Martin Harvey as "Sidney Carton" (in color) (2 pictures)
Mr. J. P. Harley of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Augustus Egg. (Amateur with C. Dickens)
Joseph Jefferson as "Newman Noggs" in Nicholas Nickleby
Mr. Clarence Holt. "Shakespeare, Dickens, or Sir Walter Scott." "As You Like It."
Geo. Graves as "Micawber." (Waiting for a lamp to turn up.)
Scene from "The Battle of Life," at the Lyceum Theatre. Clemency, Mrs. Keeley. Britain, Mr. Keeley
J. P. Harley as the "Strange Gentleman" - color
Engraved cartoons with captions (6)
Hop Pole Hotel - postcard
"The Artful Dodger" from Oliver Twist
Gad's Hill, Kent - engraving
Scenes from David Copperfield (4 pages, 13 pictures)
Mr. Frederick Ross as "Ham," and Miss Jessie Winter as "Little Em'ly."
Mr. Charles Quartermaine as "Uriah Heep," and Mr. Owen Nares as "David Copperfield."
Miss Jessie Winter as "Little Em'ly"
Mr. Basil Gill as "James Steerforth"
Miss Mary Clare as "Martha Endell"
Mr. Owen Nares as "David Copperfield"
Miss Evelyn Millard as "Agnes Wickfield"
Sir Herbert Tree as "Dan'l Peggotty" on verso of page 2
Mr. and Mrs. Micawber and their family in the hold of an emigrant ship
Mr. Micawber, in the office of Wickfield and Heep, is restrained by Traddles and David Copperfield from a personal attack on Uriah Heep
Little Em'ly is brought to Dan'l Peggotty's boat-house by Ham, as his promised wife
"Dan'l and Little Em'ly, Sir Herbert and Miss Jessie Winter. (separate page, not like above). "Mr. Micawber" (Sir Herbert Tree?)
"A striking poster of David Copperfield
Miss Jennie Lee as "Jo" (2 pictures)
Little Nell and her Grandfather
Two scenes from Oliver Twist
Nancy and Fagin
Bill Sikes and Fagin
Charles Dickens speaking at the Adelphi Theatre, March 1856
Charles Dickens as a young man (hand colored)
Charles Dickens by Cruikshank
Charles Dickens, from a photo by The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co., Ltd.
Charles Dickens, his wife and her sister, 1842
Drawn by Maclise
Charles Dickens, (autographed?)
Charles Dickens, as he appeared during his last reading of "Christmas Carol" at St. James' Hall, March 15, 1870
Charles Dickens, (autographed?)
Charles Dickens, 1843 1859 1868 (3 on 1 piece of paper)
Charles Dickens-A Reverie. Born February 7, 1812, Died June 9, 1870, 1812 1870
Photograph of Dickens, surrounded by little sketches of his characters.
Charles Dickens (large engraving)
Charles Dickens reading to his daughters, circa 1865
From a photograph by R. H. Mason. Remarque: Charles Dickens the Younger.
Charles Dickens, Engraved by E. Stodart, 1868
Charles Dickens, From a photograph by C. Watkins, 1861
Remarque: Charles Dickens, from a photograph.
Charles Dickens, photograph of marble bust, 1870
Charles Dickens, engraved by Stodart after Rudolph Lehman, 1861
Charles Dickens, From a Daguerreotype by Henri Claudet. Photo-engraved by Messrs. Annan & Swan, circa. 1852
Charles Dickens reading "The Chimes", 1844
Christmas Card, "Notes from 'A Christmas Carol'," from J. G. Birkby (One)