Edward Lyall Swete was born in 1865 in Cheshire, England. He played in productions of Shakespeare on both sides of the Atlantic, appearing as Polonius in H.B. Irving‘s 1904 Hamlet (shown here), and earlier in at least two productions of Richard II (1896 and 1901) at Sir Frank Benson‘s Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Swete served as set designer for one of them. He played the Duke of York in the first and John of Gaunt in the second.