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John Lawrence Toole

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John Lawrence Toole

by Herbert Watkins
Albumen print with arched top, late 1850s
7 1/2 in. x 6 in. (191 mm x 152 mm)
NPG P301(137)

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This is one of three images of Toole by (George) Herbert Watkins included in the album compiled by the photographer in the late 1850s: see NPG Portrait Set ‘The Watkins Album: photographs by Herbert Watkins, late 1850s’. The others, NPG P301(160) and NPG P301(161), show the sitter in costume. In the last he is dressed as Tom Cranky in a play that opened at the Lyceum Theatre, London, in March 1858, which could provide the date for all three images. However, the inclusion in the album of images of Marie Wilton as Belphegor and Perdita may suggest the alternative date of September 1856, when Toole appeared with Wilton in these two burlesque pieces. His relatively youthful appearance in the present image indicates an early date. NPG Ax36251 is a cropped version of NPG P301(137).

Another print, slightly cropped and presenting a sharper image, is in the Guy Little Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, S.139:370-2007.


Dr Jan Marsh

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Half-length, to front, seated, eyes looking right

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Watkins Album

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