A cabinet card portrait of the English actor and theatre manager George Rignold, seen here dressed as Shakespeare’s King Henry V, his most famous and successful role.
According to his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, written by Richard Foulkes:
’He died in a Sydney nursing home, Charlemont Private Hospital, Darlinghurst, on 16 December 1912. His death was extensively reported in his home country, but had he remained there he would not have achieved as great an eminence as he did in Australia: “He trained as far as possible an Australian company of players, and throughout his career set up a high artistic standard which did much to place the Australian stage in its present position” (The Times, 17 Dec 1912).’
Photographed in 1875 by Napoleon Sarony of 680, Broadway, New York.
condition: The print shows a small amount of spotting and a few small imperfections, mainly in the area
of the background but some spotting intruding on the area of the sitter's face. The tonal range, however,
is excellent, as is the condition of the mount.
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