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Textiles: M0113

Title

Henry Irving's gloves worn as Cardinal Wolsey

Technique

Mixed media

Subject

Character

Cardinal Wolsey : Henry VIII

Date

1892

Dimensions

Height: 63cm
Width: 20cm
Depth: 1cm

Other materials

Red cloth with gold wire embroidery; dimensions the same for each: accompanied by a letter on blue paper (17.8x14) [letter removed to Garrick Club Library]

Inscription/signature

"169, ASHLEY GARDENS, S.W.1. TATE GALLERY 9165." (printed notepaper); "My 'Lighter is a constant joy to me. / 9 Oct 66 / Dear Ralph, These gloves were worn by Henry Irving when he played Cardinal Wolsey in 1892. They were left to me in her will by a cousin of mine - who was a great friend of Irving and E.T. - when she died eighteen months ago aged eigthty four. I know she would like another actor to have them. Yours Glen." (pen and black ink, text of letter)

Provenance

Acquired by the Garrick Club in April 2001 from the sale of the effects of Ralph Richardson

Other number

Gift 1003

The letter is from Glen Byam-Shaw.
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