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Miss Shirreff as one of the witches in Macbeth

Author: Augustus Toedteberg; Richard James Lane
Publisher: [late 19th cent.]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : English
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Watercolors
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Jane Shirreff; Jane Shirreff
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Augustus Toedteberg; Richard James Lane
OCLC Number: 659833685
Notes: Title from pencil note on border of Folger copy. Half length portrait to front, looking right, vignette. Item is glued to a larger sheet of Whatman's paper, dated 1870. Unsigned.
All the works by Toedteberg that Folger owns are theatrical portraits copied after rare prints. They are either contained in volumes which were grangerized by Toedteberg or are individual items which were purchased from the sale of Toedteberg's collection. Some of the pieces are signed by him but most are unsigned. All of them, however, at one time passed through his hands and many may have been the work of his pen. They have been grouped together in this file for that reason.
Artist: Portrait is copied by Toedteberg from a section of a lithograph by R.J. Lane.
History: The lithograph from which this portrait is copied is entitled 'The Singing Witches' and was published in London by J. Mitchell, 1838. FSL has an original pencil sketch of the lithograph, by Lane (ART Vol. b8 no.251) and a copy of the print (ART Vol. d1 no.8).
Provenance: Item was purchased by the Folgers from the sale of the Toedteberg Collection, pt. 3, held Oct. 6-7, 1904 by the Anderson Auction Co., item no. 3011 in the catalog of the sale. Formerly cataloged as ART Box S558.7 no.1.
Subject: The full print pictures Jane Shirreff, Priscilla Horton and Harriet D. Taylor in the roles of the three witches in Macbeth. This watercolor pictures only Shirreff.
The art collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library includes many volumes of extra illustrated books, several of which formerly belonged to the library of the theatrical manager Augustin Daly. Many of these extra-illustrated volumes were inlaid and organized by Augustus Toedteberg, a professional inlayer and repairer of prints who resided in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the 1870's to 1890's.
The known facts concerning Toedteberg are few. He was the grangerizer of the Daly copy of Joseph Norton Ireland's Records of the New York stage (a work extended by him from 2 to 33 volumes) and of Daly's souvenir books of his Shakespearean productions (many of which are now in the Folger collection). Toedteberg also published a work, in 1893, entitled Portraits of actors reproduced from rare originals for Augustus Toedteberg. The Folger Library has a few letters in its ms. collection addressed from Toedteberg to Augustin Daly concerning Toedteberg's grangerizing work. His theatrical collection, which consisted of numerous books, prints, drawings, autographs and playbills, was sold at auction by the Anderson Co., New York, 1903-1904.
The volumes which Toedteberg grangerized also contain a number of watercolor portraits, copied after rare prints, which are signed by a Victor Moblard who may have been under the employ of Toedteberg. Moblard's style of painting and writing is rather distinct and even where he has not signed his name it is easy to spot his work, In cases where his signature or initials appear, or where the style gives evidence of his work, the item has been entered under his name. In all cases, where known, a subject entry has been given for the original artist of the print from which Moblard was copying. No biographical information has been located on Moblard. The user is referred to records under Moblard, Victor, for additional works from the Toedteberg shop.
This record contains unverifiable data from old cards and may contain incorrect or incomplete text. Please consult Curator for assistance.
Toedteberg's collection of theatrical prints was extensive and it is assumed that he drew on this collection as a resource for his grangerizing endeavors. It appears that he was in the habit of copying, in ink or watercolor, rare prints, or having rare prints copied by others, perhaps when he was able to obtain only one copy of the original print.
Description: 1 drawing : watercolor ; 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.
Responsibility: [Augustus Toedteberg].

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