*edwin Booth & George A Custer Great Actor Lawrence Barrett 1880 Cabinet Photo*
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*edwin Booth & George A Custer Great Actor Lawrence Barrett 1880 Cabinet Photo*:
He was among 19th century America's greatest actors, famed for his Shakespearean roles, for his partnership with Edwin Booth in the late 1880s and early 1890s, and for his close friendship and correspondence with George Armstrong Custer. A raare original Benjamin Falk cabinet photo circa 1880 of Laurence Barrett. Top margin trimmed slightly otherwise fine. See Lawrence Barrett's extraordinary biography below.Shipping discounts for buyers of multiple items. Credit cards accepted with Paypal. Inquiries always welcome. Please visit my other items for more early theatre and historical autographs, broadsides, photographs and programs and great actor and actress cabinet photos and CDV's.
Lawrence Barrett (April 4, 1838 - March 20, 1891) was an American stage actor.
He was born Lawrence Brannigan to Irish emigrant parents in Paterson, New Jersey. He made his first stage appearance at Detroit as Murad in The French Spy in 1853. In December 1856 he made his first New York appearance at the Chambers Street theatre as "Sir Thomas Clifford" in The Hunchback.
In 1858 he was in the repertory company at the Boston Museum. He served in the American Civil War as captain in Company B of the 28th Massachusetts Infantry regiment. However, he did not see action in any major battles. From 1867 to 1870, with John McCullough, he managed the California theatre, San Francisco.
Among his many and varied parts may be mentioned Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Shylock, Richard III, Wolsey, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Richelieu, David Garrick, Hernani, Alfred Evelyn, Lanciotto in George Henry Bokers (1823 -1890) Francesca da Rimini, and Janies Harebell in The Man o' Airlie.
He played Othello to Edwin Booth's Iago and Cassius to his Brutus. He acted in London in 1867, 1882, 1883 and 1884, his "Cardinal Richelieu" portrayal in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's drama being considered his best part. In 1889, he produced the first performance of The Duchess of Padua, retitling it Guido Ferranti and taking on the title role.