Black Then | Ira Aldridge: First Internationally Famous African-American Actor

Black Then | Ira Aldridge: First Internationally Famous African-American Actor

Junius Wallingford as Caractacus the Druid    From The Mystery of the Grove or The Druid's Curse  by Cecilia Beall Norbeck    Quarter-plate daguerreotype c.1858,

Junius Wallingford as Caractacus the Druid From The Mystery of the Grove or The Druid's Curse by Cecilia Beall Norbeck Quarter-plate daguerreotype c.1858,

Ira Aldridge toured extensively during the 19th Century - The actor who overcame prejudice to win over audiences The African American actor Ira Aldridge was born in New York City and came to Britain as a teenager to pursue a career on the stage. He first performed in Britain in 1825 and quickly became popular with audiences across the country. He toured extensively from Doncaster to Devonport and his patrons included royalty, politicians, and other eminent members of society.

Ira Aldridge toured extensively during the 19th Century - The actor who overcame prejudice to win over audiences The African American actor Ira Aldridge was born in New York City and came to Britain as a teenager to pursue a career on the stage. He first performed in Britain in 1825 and quickly became popular with audiences across the country. He toured extensively from Doncaster to Devonport and his patrons included royalty, politicians, and other eminent members of society.

Edmund Kean as Othello. Keats calls Kean’s acting “perfection," and contains so much fulsome praise one wonders if Kean might have been embarrassed. Indeed, the review reads more like a fan letter than a normal theatrical review, even a glowing one. Keats ends with this appeal to Kean to take care of himself: “Kean! Kean! have a carefulness of thy health, an innursed respect for thy own genius, a pity for us in these cold and enfeebling times!

Edmund Kean as Othello. Keats calls Kean’s acting “perfection," and contains so much fulsome praise one wonders if Kean might have been embarrassed. Indeed, the review reads more like a fan letter than a normal theatrical review, even a glowing one. Keats ends with this appeal to Kean to take care of himself: “Kean! Kean! have a carefulness of thy health, an innursed respect for thy own genius, a pity for us in these cold and enfeebling times!

Ira Aldridge as Othello, artist unknown, painted around 1848

Ira Aldridge as Othello, artist unknown, painted around 1848

The Redaction of the Decalogue: Circumcision and the Sacrifice

The Redaction of the Decalogue: Circumcision and the Sacrifice

Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean

Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean

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