Alfred Dampier’s Farewell [Lyceum Theatre]. Kerry, Co, active Aust.
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Alfred Dampier’s Farewell [Lyceum Theatre]

1897/1906. Vintage silver gelatin photograph with letterpress, studio blind stamp on original backing below image, date “24 September 1897” transferred in pencil to new backing verso, 41.2 x 53.7cm. Repaired tears and missing portions, slight discolouration to image centre and left. Laid down on acid-free tissue.

An advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald dated 24 September 1897 for the Lyceum Theatre states the following concerning the origin of this photograph: “The [Alfred] Dampier Season closes on October 2nd…To-night a flashlight photograph of the entire audience will be taken by Messrs. Kerry and Co. between Acts 2 and 3 [Robbery Under Arms]. The audience are respectfully requested to retain their seats during this time…”

This photograph was most likely reissued by the enterprising photographic studio, Kerry & Co. in 1906 to coincide with the occasion of “Alfred Dampier’s farewell… prior to his departure for Europe” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney. Ref: SMH, 16 January 1906.

Alfred Dampier (1843-1908) was well-known for his theatrical adaptation of the bushranger novel Robbery Under Arms by Thomas Alexander Browne, published under his pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood. Ref: Wiki.

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Item #CL187-72

Price (AUD): $990.00  Other currencies

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