Nellie Bouverie in Little Red Riding Hood
A carte-de-visite portrait of Nellie Bouverie (sometimes Bouverie-Smith) as ‘Boy Blue’ in a production of the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood presented at the New Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in December 1883.
‘Miss Bouverie is duly exuberant – perhaps just a little too much so – as Boy Blue’ (Edinburgh Evening News, 13 December 1883).
‘Miss Nellie Bouverie, who takes the part of Boy Blue, is an actress who spares no pains and works very hard. She acts with an energy and abandon which perforce carry her audience with her. She is eminently bright and lively’ (Edinburgh Courant, quoted in an advertisement in The Era, 22 December 1883).
Condition: the print presents a few small imperfections in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, with good tonal range. The mount presents some marks verso but is firm and solid, with crisp edges and sharp corners. A pencilled inscription verso in a period hand identifies the sitter as ‘Nellie Smith.’
Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approximately 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).