Posts Tagged ‘Langfier (photographers)’

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Lewis Waller as Henry V, Lyceum Theatre, London, 22 December 1900

July 11, 2014

Lewis Waller (1860-1915), English actor manager, as he appeared in the title role of his production of Henry V at the Lyceum Theatre, London, the first night of which was on Saturday, 22 December 1900.
(photo: Langfier Ltd, London, 1900)

‘Mr. Lewis Waller and Mr. William Mollison are sparing no effort in preparing for their production of Henry V., due to take place at the Lyceum on the evening of Saturday, December 22. The King Henry the Fifth of the occasion will be Mr. Lewis Waller; the Fluellen, Mr. E.M. Robson; Michael Williams will be Mr. J.H. Barnes, and Mr. William Mollison will play Ancient Pistol. The part of Princess Katherine of France will be taken by Miss Sarah Brooke, and Miss Lily Hanbury will impersonate the Chorus.’
(The Sunday Times, London, Sunday, 9 December 1900, p. 6a)

‘At the Lyceum Theatre, last Wednesday night [20 February 1901], the fiftieth performance of Henry V., was celebrated by the presentation to each member of the audience of a souvenir, which took the form of a series of a dozen full-length portraits of the chief members of the cast, admirably produced by Messrs. Langfier and Co. in a form which suggests finely-finished mezzotint engraving. These are in all cases admirable examples of the process of photogravure, the two portraits of Miss Hanbury as the Chorus being especially remarkable. As time goes on these records of memorable productions – permanent, artistic, and photographically accurate – will come to have a high value for the historian of the drama.
Henry V., I found, was going splendidly on Wednesday night; in conception the main impersonations could hardly be improved upon from what they were upon the occasion of the firt performance. But they had matured since then, and had acquired greater completeness in detail, and the general business of the drama played more closely.
‘The finest battle-piece ever painted! That is now one’s predominating impression of Henry V., as rendered at the Lyceum. It opens with a challenge scornfully proffered and nobly accepted; it proceeds to indicate the details of invasion as they appear to those engaged with them, from the prince to the camp-follower; it culminates in a crucial conflict and the victory of Agincourt. And, finally, as in old legends, the hand of a princess is the reward of the victor.
‘Mr. Lewis Waller’s Henry V. remains a magnificent impersonation, manly, vigorous and genial, Mr. Waller excelled himself, I thought, last Wednesday night, in his delivery of ”One more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” and the demeanour of the soldiers that he was addressing struck me as being more natural and spontaneous there than it was upon the earlier occasion.
‘Mr. William Mollison’s Ancient Pistol is a masterpiece also, Mr. Mollison has divined a temperament for the unfortunate contemner of leeks, and has made a quite convincing human being of him as well as an infinitely diverting one. His apprehensive countenance, at the first appearance of the French soldier, and then, when he perceived that the poor fugitive was too disheartened to dream of resistance, the infinite swagger of his ”Yield, cur!” were delightful touches of comedy. The scene between Pistol and Fluellen was excellently played on both side, and Mr. J.H. Barnes’ Williams was throughout and admirable piece of work, the speech to the King, when the soldier discovers that it is he that he has unwittingly defied and criticised, was an especially fine piece of blunt, manly frankness. The ”dramatis personæ” upon the French side have lesser opportunities afforded them, but the Charles VI. of Mr. Bassett Roe, the Constable of Mr. William Devereux, and the Dauphin of Mr. Gerald Lawrence are all performances of great merit. The Princess Katherine of Miss Sarah Brooke is full of regal and maidenly charm, and Miss Lily Hanbury remains a most statuesque and impressive Chorus.’
(H.A.K. ‘Plays and Players,’ The Sunday Times, London, Sunday, 24 February 1901, p. 6a)

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Marie Studholme and John Coates in An Artist’s Model, New York, 1895

September 1, 2013

a colour half-tone postcard photograph of Marie Studholme (1872-1930), English musical comedy actress, and John Coates (1865-1941), English tenor, as they appeared as Daisey Vane and Rudolph Blair in the American production of An Artist’s Model, at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on 23 December 1895. This musical comedy was originally produced at Daly’s Theatre, London, on 2 February 1895 with Letty Lind and Hayden Coffin as Vane and Blair.
(photo: Langfier, London, 1895; postcard published Miller & Lang of Glasgow and London, in its ‘National’ series, circa 1904)

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February 2, 2013

Marie Studholme (1875-1930)
English musical comedy actress
and postcard beauty, in The Geisha
(photo: Langfier, Glasgow, late 1890s)

This real photograph postcard, a ‘Midget Post Card’ in the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd’s Rotary Photographic Series (no. 6865i), published about 1902 or 1903, shows Marie Studholme as she appeared in The Geisha, first produced at Daly’s Theatre, London, on 25 April 1896. This highly successful musical play by Owen Hall, with lyrics by Harry Greenbank and music by Sidney Jones, ran in London for 760 performances. Although Miss Studholme is said to have understudied Letty Lind as Molly Seamore in this production (The Green Room Book, 1909), the fact that this photograph was taken by Langfier in Glasgow suggests that she was in the cast of one of several touring versions of The Geisha that criss-crossed the United Kingdom during the late 1890s.

Marie Studholme was again seen as Molly Seamore in the revival of The Geisha at Daly’s, London, on 18 June 1906. The cast also included May de Sousa.

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Johnny Danvers, Agnes Fraser and Walter Passmore in the musical farcical sketch, Sweet Williams, 1911 and 1912

January 16, 2013

Johnny Danvers, Agnes Fraser and Walter Passmore
as they appeared on tour in the United Kingdom during 1911 and 1912
in the musical farcical sketch, Sweet Williams
(photo: Langfier Ltd, London, 1911)

This real photograph postcards of Johnny Danvers, Agnes Fraser and Walter Passmore as they appeared on tour in the United Kingdom during 1911 and 1912 in Sweet Williams is without a publisher’s credit.

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Harry Taft, English music hall comedian, billed as ‘The Musical Tramp’

January 9, 2013

Harry Taft (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), English music hall comedian,
billed as ‘The Musical Tramp’
(photo: Langfier, Glasgow, circa 1900)

William Jerome and company in A Jay in New York, including the Bondells, Hayes & Bandy, Maude Nugent and Harry Taft, Funke Opera House, Lincoln, Nebraska, February 1898
‘The Funke opera house on Wednesday and Thursday nights, February 23 and 24, will offer William Jerome’s Herald Square comedians presenting A Jay in New York, which is said to be one long continuous laugh. The story of the play illustrates the mishaps of a countryman’s first visit to the metropolis and his trials and tribulations while in Greater New York. The company includes such clever people as William Jerome, who in low comedy work stands excelled; the Bondells in laughable sketch, Hayes and Bandy, singers and dancers, W.C. Davies, the funniest of all Irish comedians; Maude Nugent, the clever songstress, Wilson and Massoney, the beau ideal of farce comedy in a series of pretty songs and dancers, Harry Taft the phenomenal whistler and many others. All who wish to enjoy an evening of music, song and comedy should not fail to see A Jay in New York. Wednesday night two ladies or one lady and gentleman will be admitted on one 50-cent ticket if bought before 7 p.m. Seats on sale Tuesday, 10 a.m. Princes 15, 25, 35 and 50 cents.’
(The Evening News, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, 19 February 1898, p.4c)

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January 9, 2013

Harry Taft (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), English music hall comedian,
billed as ‘The Musical Tramp’
(photo: Langfier, Glasgow, circa 1900)

William Jerome and company in A Jay in New York, including the Bondells, Hayes & Bandy, Maude Nugent and Harry Taft, Funke Opera House, Lincoln, Nebraska, February 1898
‘The Funke opera house on Wednesday and Thursday nights, February 23 and 24, will offer William Jerome’s Herald Square comedians presenting A Jay in New York, which is said to be one long continuous laugh. The story of the play illustrates the mishaps of a countryman’s first visit to the metropolis and his trials and tribulations while in Greater New York. The company includes such clever people as William Jerome, who in low comedy work stands excelled; the Bondells in laughable sketch, Hayes and Bandy, singers and dancers, W.C. Davies, the funniest of all Irish comedians; Maude Nugent, the clever songstress, Wilson and Massoney, the beau ideal of farce comedy in a series of pretty songs and dancers, Harry Taft the phenomenal whistler and many others. All who wish to enjoy an evening of music, song and comedy should not fail to see A Jay in New York. Wednesday night two ladies or one lady and gentleman will be admitted on one 50-cent ticket if bought before 7 p.m. Seats on sale Tuesday, 10 a.m. Princes 15, 25, 35 and 50 cents.’
(The Evening News, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, 19 February 1898, p.4c)