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
Artistback to top
- London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company (active 1854-1922). 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.'
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1867back to top
Current affairsThe Second Reform Act, although effectively a Liberal measure, is expediently passed by the Conservatives, under Disraeli's influence, who believed it would widen Conservative appeal by making the party appear more progressive. The Act extended the vote to 1.5 million working men in British towns, and redistributed 52 seats from towns with populations under 10,000 to the newer urban towns.
Art and scienceKarl Marx publishes his hugely influential Das Kapital, whilst living and researching in London. Its proclaimed aim was 'to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society', and it presented mid-Victorian capitalism in terms of a tragic drama.
Henry Irving rises to fame on the London stage, performing alongside Ellen Terry for the first time, beginning their famous theatrical association.
InternationalFrancis Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, becomes King of Hungary, and thus ruler of the 'dual monarchy' of Austria-Hungary.
The dominion of Canada is formed, as the British North America Act unites four British colonies, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The Act defines much of Canada's constitution and operation of government, and Canada's dominion status is the first of its kind.