The Green Room
4 of 11 portraits of Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
The Green Room
by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print, 11 May 1867
6 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. 173 mm x 217 mm
Given by M. McCheane, 1962
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Artistback to top
- London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company (active 1855-1922). Artist associated with 946 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Charles William Shirley Brooks (1816-1874), Journalist and playwright. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- Arthur Cecil (Arthur Cecil Blunt) (1843-1896), Actor. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), Illustrator, cartoonist and novelist. Sitter in 18 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Mark Lemon (1809-1870), Editor of 'Punch' and playwright. Sitter in 15 portraits.
- Arthur Lewis (1846-1930), Actor-manager. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Robert Taylor Pritchett (1828-1907), Artist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Henry Silver (1828-1910), Comic journalist and contributor to 'Punch'. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), Composer and conductor; collaborated with Sir W.S. Gilbert. Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Tom Taylor (1817-1880), Playwright, comic writer and editor of Punch. Sitter in 16 portraits.
- Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914), Cartoonist and illustrator. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Dame Ellen Alice Terry (1847-1928), Actress. Sitter in 195 portraits.
- Kate Terry (1844-1924), Actress; sister of Ellen Terry. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Quintin William Francis Twiss (1835-1900), Actor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Cox and Box marked Sullivan's first departure from the serious music with which he had made his name. With a libretto by F.C. Burnand, this one-act comic opera was performed five years before Sullivan's first collaboration with Gilbert. This photograph records a charity performance at the Adelphi Theatre, London, staged by Punch magazine to benefit the widow of former colleague Charles Bennett (1829-67). Ironically, Gilbert, writing a review in rival magazine Fun, anticipated the criticism later to be levied at his own libretti: 'Mr Sullivan's music is, in places, of too high a class for the grotesquely absurd plot to which it is wedded.'