Woodblock of Henry Irving
Eugene Aram : Eugene Aram
Paper and felt attached to verso
"W J Palmer sc" (reversed signature engraved b.l.); "Barnard 83" (reversed signature engraved b.r.); "THE ORIGINAL WOOD BLOCK / HENRY IRVING / AS / EUGENE ARAM / BY / FRED BARNARD / 21/ ?? (pen on paper verso); "Irving as Eugene Aram" (pencil on verso); "THE GENERAL PRINTING / BLOCK COMPANY LIMITED" (stamped on verso)
Presented to the Garrick Club by Geoffrey Russell, 1949
Interestingly this block does not correspond in composition to the woodcut listed in the Harvard Theatre Collection of Irving as Eugene Aram by the artist F Barnard (vol 2 p288 No151), but rather matches the following anonymous woodcut (No152). It is however definitely carrying both the signatures of barnard and Palmer.
Henry Irving first played "Eugene Aram", the lead in the play of the same title, by William Gorman Wills, in April 1873.