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Samuel Phelps (1804-1878), Actor

Sitter in 9 portraits
Samuel Phelps spent a number of years working in provincial theatre before making his first London appearance at the Haymarket Theatre in 1837, as Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. He spent six years at Covent Garden, the Haymarket and Drury Lane theatres. In 1844, he became co-lessee of the Sadler's Wells Theatre with Thomas Greenwood and Mary Amelia Warner. Phelps remained in this position for twenty years, raising the Sadler's Wells house to an important position. He directed thirty-four of Shakespeare's plays there and appeared himself in an extensive and varied repertory. He published an annotated edition of Shakespeare's plays in two volumes (1852-4).

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Samuel Phelps

by Alfred Bryan
sepia and grisaille wash
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Samuel Phelps

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
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Samuel Phelps

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
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Samuel Phelps

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Samuel Phelps

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Samuel Phelps

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
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Group of 29 actors

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, late 1870s
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Samuel Phelps

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
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Samuel Phelps as Cardinal Wolsey in Shakespeare's Henry VIII

by Charles Philip Slocombe, after Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
etching, published 2 June 1879 (1878)
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