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John Lawrence Toole

(1830-1906), Actor and theatre manager

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 38 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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John Lawrence Toole, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(137)

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 2264

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Herbert Watkins - NPG Ax36251

John Lawrence Toole

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG Ax36251

John Lawrence Toole, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x26919

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG x132418

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Unknown photographer - NPG x139998

John Lawrence Toole

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1860s
NPG x139998

John Lawrence Toole, by William Walker & Sons - NPG x26915

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole; Paul John Bedford; John Lawrence Toole, by William Walker & Sons - NPG x26922

John Lawrence Toole; Paul John Bedford; John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Marcus Ward & Co - NPG Ax39869

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28512

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax46239

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Fradelle & Marshall - NPG x26916

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG x26916

John Lawrence Toole, by Fradelle & Marshall - NPG Ax7611

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG Ax7611

John Lawrence Toole, by Fradelle & Marshall, published by  Hardwicke & Bogue - NPG Ax45754

John Lawrence Toole

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

John Lawrence Toole, by Fradelle & Marshall - NPG x26917

John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG x26917

Group of 29 actors, after Lock & Whitfield, and  Elliott & Fry, and  Fradelle & Marshall, and  Pierre Petit, and  Louis Bertin, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x132955

Group of 29 actors

after Lock & Whitfield, and Elliott & Fry, and Fradelle & Marshall, and Pierre Petit, and Louis Bertin, and Unknown photographers
woodburytype, late 1870s
NPG x132955

John Lawrence Toole, by Thomas Cranfield - NPG x26923

John Lawrence Toole

by Thomas Cranfield
woodburytype, published 1 October 1879
NPG x26923

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax7707

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, 1880
NPG Ax7707

John Lawrence Toole in 'The Artful Cards', by York & Son, after  Elliott & Fry - NPG x3674

John Lawrence Toole in 'The Artful Cards'

by York & Son, after Elliott & Fry
glass lantern slide, 1890s (circa 1880)
NPG x3674

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x26924

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, published June 1880
NPG x26924

John Lawrence Toole, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5448

John Lawrence Toole

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax5448

John Lawrence Toole, by Direct Photo Engraving Co Ltd, after  Barrauds Ltd - NPG x26926

John Lawrence Toole

by Direct Photo Engraving Co Ltd, after Barrauds Ltd
collotype, (circa 1889)
NPG x26926

John Lawrence Toole, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x26925

John Lawrence Toole

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG x26925

John Lawrence Toole, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16007

John Lawrence Toole

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1892
NPG Ax16007

John Lawrence Toole, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19633

John Lawrence Toole

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass negative
NPG x19633

John Lawrence Toole, by Walker & Boutall, after  Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19635

John Lawrence Toole

by Walker & Boutall, after Sir Emery Walker
photogravure
NPG x19635

Paul John Bedford; John Lawrence Toole, by Henry Calton Terrence Maguire, printed by  Stannard & Dixon, after  Southwell Brothers - NPG D46005

Paul John Bedford; John Lawrence Toole

by Henry Calton Terrence Maguire, printed by Stannard & Dixon, after Southwell Brothers
chromolithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D46005

John Lawrence Toole ('A Lad in Aladdin'), published by Frederick Arnold, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48223

John Lawrence Toole ('A Lad in Aladdin')

published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 15 February 1871
NPG D48223

John Lawrence Toole ('Men of the Day. No. 132.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D43755

John Lawrence Toole ('Men of the Day. No. 132.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 29 July 1876
NPG D43755

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John Lawrence Toole

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, circa 1874
NPG x26918

Web image not currently available

John Lawrence Toole

by Walker & Boutall, after Sir Emery Walker
photogravure
NPG x19634

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