Sir Henry Irving's medallion and chain
Painted metal with jewels; medallion diam. 8
"To Henry Irving a memorial of readings kindly given June 5 1878 from BC" (engr: on recto); "engraved on the memory" (engr: round centre of medallion); "Stratton Street August 1878 to Henry Irving in grateful rememberance of June 5 1878" (engr: on verso)
Presented to the Garrick Club by Lady Brunner, May 1995.
In a letter dated, June 8th 1878 wirtten by Hannah Brown (governess and companion to Baroness Burdett-Coutts) to Irving:
Wednesday 3 o'clock on June 5, 1878 will not be forgotten by friends assembled in the large Drawing room to hear Irving read selections from the characters of Romeo, Macbeth and Claude Melnotte in his usual quiet and dignified manner; portraying the passions of each by facial expressions and intonation. All appreciated such kindess at a time of pressure of work after 70 or 80 consecutive performances of Louis and rehersals for Vandedecken. He realises beauties of fiction in his own nature. She thanks him for the pleasure and profit received from his readings of shakespeare.