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Mr W E Sheridan, Tragedian of the Theatre Royal

Date: 23 September 1882
Dimensions:
Overall: 156 x 116 mm, 20 g
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00028539
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This engraving from the Australiasian Sketcher depicts a portait of Mr W E Sheridan, tragedian at the Theatre Royal. Sheridan first came to Australia in 1882, sucessfully performing in King Lear, Othello, Louis XI and Ingomar the Barbarian.
    SignificanceThis engraving is representative of the advertisments for American entertainers touring in Australia in the 1860s and 1870s.
    HistoryDuring the mid 19th century, entertainers from all over the world criss-crossed the Pacific between Australia and the United States. Like the thousands of gold prospectors, these entertainers saw the gold fields as an opportunity to strike it rich - but not by finding gold. They came in response to the demand for entertainment and amusement of the miners. American circuses, theatre and minstrel groups performed to thousands of miners in make shift tents, hotels and halls. Both Sydney and Melbourne developed major theatres, such as the Royal, which hosted diverse and sophisticated international performances.

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    Web title: Mr W E Sheridan, Tragedian of the Theatre Royal

    Primary title: Mr W.E. Sheridan, Tragedian, Theatre Royal.

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