Illustration of Sir Henry Irving
This is card no.6671 in Raphael Tuck’s series “Henry Irving.” On the front it says, ” Sir Henry Irving as ‘Dante.’ After the black and white drawing by H. S. Sime.”
Irving long wanted to do a play based on the life of Dante, and he finally found a vehicle, Laurence Irving’s adaptation of the play by Victorien Sardou and Emile Moreau. Dante opened April 30, 1903, at the Drury Lane Theatre and ran for 82 performances. In October he opened the play in New York at the Broadway Theatre for fourteen performances.
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