Commemorative cushion with signatures
An embroidered silk cushion covers with signatures
Inscribed with various autograph signatures and dedications in blue ink, including Henry Irving, Charles Wyndham, Herbert Beerbohm Tree Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Squire Bancroft, Edward Terry John Lawrence Toole, Cyril Maude, Tom Terris and four others yet to be identified
Presumably from Lady Martin-Harvey; at some point it enters the collection John Standing, by whom sold at Christies, South Kensington, London "Film and Entertainment" 16th December 2003 (lot45), where purchased by the Garrick Club
Gift 1028 [with M0155]
The making of this cushion is tentatively attributed to Lady Martin-Harvey, as she is known to have enjoyed embroidery and would often work on costumes for her husband and his productions.
The embroidered bells by Irving's signature suggest that the designs pictorially illustrate a famous role played by each actor.