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John Lawrence Toole (1830-1906), Actor and theatre manager

Sitter in 36 portraits
Beginning his acting career at the age of twenty-two, for nearly forty years he sustained a position at or near the summit of his adopted profession. He was considered to be a master of the twin staples of Victorian entertainment, farce and domestic melodrama, and it was this dual ability that helped him remain dominant for so long. In 1879 he became the resident manager of the Folly Theatre. It was relaunched as Toole's Theatre, thus making him the first actor to have a West End theatre named after him. In his day his popularity was such that in 1870 he starred nightly at two theatres in different plays, but his repertory died with him, and in the twentieth century he was all but forgotten.

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P301(137)

John Lawrence Toole

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
NPG P301(137)

P301(160)

John Lawrence Toole

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG P301(160)

P301(161)

John Lawrence Toole

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG P301(161)

3528

John Lawrence Toole

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3528

2264

John Lawrence Toole

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 16 February 1889
NPG 2264

x26919

John Lawrence Toole

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x26919

x26920

John Lawrence Toole

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on paper mount, 1860s
NPG x26920

x132418

John Lawrence Toole

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x132418

x139998

John Lawrence Toole

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1860s
NPG x139998

x26915

John Lawrence Toole

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG x26915

x26922

John Lawrence Toole; Paul John Bedford; John Lawrence Toole

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1865
NPG x26922

Ax39869

John Lawrence Toole

by Marcus Ward & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax39869

Ax28512

John Lawrence Toole

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874 or before
NPG Ax28512

Ax46239

John Lawrence Toole

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1874
NPG Ax46239

x26916

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG x26916

Ax7611

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG Ax7611

Ax45754

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879 (circa 1874)
NPG Ax45754

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