Henry Irving's gloves worn as Cardinal Wolsey
Cardinal Wolsey : Henry VIII
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]
"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)
Acquired by the Garrick Club in April 2001 from the sale of the effects of Ralph Richardson
The letter is from Glen Byam-Shaw.